‘I take 200 selfies a day’

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Junaid Ahmed has 50, 1000 followers on Instagram and confesses he is addicted to selfies.

The 22-year-old takes around two hundred snaps of himself a day.

He carefully times when he can post a photo on social media therefore it gets the most likes, and if this gets fewer than 600 he will remove it.

“When I actually post a picture, in the first moment or two I’ll probably obtain 100 likes and I love it, the phone goes crazy, it’s simply amazing. ”

A recent study suggested a good obsession with selfies is a legitimate condition, called Selfitis.

An urge to take selfies plus upload them on social media a lot more than six times a day is persistent selfitis, according to researchers at the Nottingham Trent University and the Thiagarajar College of Management in India.

And Junaid admits their selfie urges can cause friction along with loved ones.

“They’re like ‘can’t you go to a meal instead of take a picture? ‘

“And I’m like ‘no, We didn’t get ready for three hours intended for no reason’. Why would I actually not take a picture? ”

Junaid says negative comments under their pictures no longer affect him such as they used to – but confesses to having work done on his encounter because of the pressure he feels to appear a certain way.

“Years ago I never utilized to look like this. I used to be very natural. But I just think with all the obsession with social media… I want to update myself now.

“I’ve had my teeth veneered, face filler, cheek filler, jawline for filler injections, lip filler, botox under the eye and on the head, tattooed eyebrows plus fat freezing. ”

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Image caption Junaid is addicted to selfies

Junaid, from Kent, says he realises how detrimental social media can be, but that he will not take it too seriously.

“What you see on social media marketing is not the truth, ” he says.

“Social media is certainly fun using it in the right way. But don’t allow it affect your life purely since you aspire to be what someone else upon Instagram is being… it’s just not worthwhile. ”

‘I wanted to fit in’

Danny Bowman, 23, had been obsessed with uploading selfies on social networking when he was a teenager.

“I wanted to slot in and I thought the best way to do that has been to be good looking, ” he says.

He would take selfies and analyse them for defects – which he says he consistently found – and the process grew to become a “vicious cycle”.

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Image caption Danny took hundreds of selfies whenever he was 15 years old

“Round plus round it went, spending 10 hours a day in the mirror acquiring these photos, day in, day trip. ”

When he or she was 16 years old, Danny attempted to take his own life.

He went to rehab where he has been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder and believes social media played a big component.

Danny is now on university and also works to help the younger generation with mental health problems.

Image copyright Danny Bowman

“I remember lying down on my bed and considering ‘how am I going to step out of this? ‘ I felt like there was clearly no way out.

“The pictures I post on Instagram now are not selfies, they’re photos of me talking to people or even doing speeches.

“That’s a lot more fulfilling for me compared to posting selfies and begging plus hoping that I get a number of enjoys. ”

The Regal Society for Public Health is certainly calling on the government and social media systems to introduce pop-up warnings in your phone after spending two hours on the web, following research into how social media marketing effects young people.

“Seven out of ten teenagers told all of us they received support from social networking in challenging times, ” states RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer.

“But we furthermore know that depression and anxiety are usually fuelled by social media. ”

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