Teen tries to kill himself because he failed to snap the perfect selfieBy Mason White 2:13 PM March 25, 2014
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A teen nearly ended his life after becoming obsessed with taking selfies, hospital officials in the United Kingdom said.
Danny Bowman, 19, spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 snapshots of himself with his iPhone.
He dropped out of school, did not leave his house for six months, lost 28 pounds trying to look better on camera and became aggressive with his parents when they tried to stop him. In a dramatic attempt to escape his obsession, Danny took an overdose of drugs, but he was saved by his mother Penny.
Now, Bowman, who is the first selfie addict in the United kingdom, is trying to get on with his life after intensive care at a hospital to treat his addiction to technology.
Top psychiatrist at the clinic where Bowman was treated revealed that the selfie addiction is becoming so widespread that it is now a recognized mental illness. The selfie craze has swept social media over the past five years, with stars, politicians and even Pope Francis publishing photos online.
Last year, the Oxford English Dictionary added the word selfie. Bowman first published selfies on Facebook when he was 15 years old. Bowman dropped out of school at age 16, so she could stay at home to satisfy his addiction.
One day, he took over 200 pictures, and looked at them again and again. He could not see any he liked. He could not take it anymore and just start popping pills. Luckily, his mom found him and he was transported to a hospital.