Islamabad: A teenager taking selfies with a toy gun was shot dead by police personnel who suspected him to be a robber in Pakistan’s Punjab province, media reported on Tuesday.
Farhan, 15, was taking selfies with the toy gun, along with a friend in Faisalabad city on Monday, when police mistook him to be a criminal and opened fire at him without any warning, reported Geo News.
Police personnel in the area took the injured teenager to a hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. Farhan’s friend escaped unhurt.
Police officials later discovered that the gun was in fact a toy. The police official who opened fire on the teenager has been taken into custody.
Chen and her colleagues designed and conducted a four-week study involving 41 college students
The project involved three types of photos to help the researchers determine how smiling, reflecting and giving to others might impact users’ moods
The study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users
New York, Sep 14, 2016: Taking smiling selfies with your smartphone and sharing them with your friends can help make you a happier person, say computer scientists at the University of California, Irvine.
“This study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users,” said senior author Gloria Mark, Professor of Informatics.
“Our research showed that practicing exercises that can promote happiness via smartphone picture-taking and sharing can lead to increased positive feelings for those who engage in it,” lead author Yu Chen, a post-doctoral scholar, added.
By conducting exercises via smartphone photo technology and gauging users’ psychological and emotional states, the researchers found that the daily taking and sharing of certain types of images can positively affect people.
Chen and her colleagues designed and conducted a four-week study involving 41 college students.
The participants — 28 female and 13 male — were instructed to continue their normal day-to-day activities (going to class, doing schoolwork, meeting with friends, etc.) while taking part in the research.
Each was invited to the informatics lab for an informal interview and to fill out a general questionnaire and consent form. The scientists helped students load a survey app onto their phones to document their moods during the first “control” week of the study.
Participants used a different app to take photos and record their emotional states over the following three-week “intervention” phase.
The project involved three types of photos to help the researchers determine how smiling, reflecting and giving to others might impact users’ moods.
The first was a selfie to be taken daily while smiling. The second was an image of something that made the photo taker happy. The third was a picture of something the photographer believed would bring happiness to another person (which was then sent to that person). Participants were randomly assigned to take photos of one type.
Researchers collected nearly 2,900 mood measurements during the study and found that subjects in all three groups experienced increased positive moods.
Some participants in the selfie group reported becoming more confident and comfortable with their smiling photos over time, said the study published in the journal Psychology of Well-Being.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially deemed taking selfies as a “mental disorder”.
The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago recently. Giving the name “selfitis” to the disorder, the APA defined the disorder as a type of an obsessive compulsive disorder to take one’s own pictures and post them on social media. They also stated that this condition is a mechanism used by people to make up for their low self esteem and increase intimacy with other people.
According to the APA, there are three levels of selfitis,
Borderline Selfitis: Taking selfies at least three times a day, but not posting them on the social media.
Acute Selfitis: Taking selfies at least three times a day, and sharing them all on social media.
Chronic Selfitis: It is defined as an uncontrollable urge to take one’s own pictures round the clock and posting them on social media platforms more than six times a day.
Recently, the term “Selfitis” also made it into the Oxford Dictionary of English according to a website.
Makati City, a city in Philippines was named the “selfie capital of the world” by Time magazine recently. This news of selfies being looked at as a mental disorder, might make things dismal for this Filipino city.