The selfie madness only spread in 2014. So fierce is its power that plastic surgeons have reported a 25 percent upswing in all kinds of facial work over the past two years, attributable in some large part to people taking more and more up-close pictures of their faces. One doctor said in a Reuters report that people are even coming to him with their selfies during consultations. It’s a gripping madness.
That madness has produced a lot of disasters over the past year, and we’re not just talking about the 20 discarded pictures taken before The Perfect Selfie is finally attained. We’re talking about public service announcement levels—selfies that actually exist as a warning for all selfie takers out there. We’re not telling you to stop taking selfies—you kids do you. Just, you know, selfie responsibly. Basically, follow these helpful selfie don’ts and you should be alright.
Don’t Take a Selfie While Committing a Crime
If you’re going to commit a crime, generally speaking, you don’t want to leave any evidence. Like, say, a selfie. That’s what this girl did when her and her friends robbed a Bel Air mansion, although technically, the evidence was a picture from a security camera of her taking a selfie. Maybe the real lesson is to not take selfies in front of security cameras while committing crimes. Then again, as far as we know, these robbers got away with it. Is there even a lesson here? I’m just going to move on.
Don’t Be a Doctor and Take a Selfie With an Unconscious Patient
I’m not sure whether or not there are laws related to privacy or consent about this—regardless, in the interest of common human decency, you should not take a selfie with someone who is unconscious. That is doubly true if you are a doctor about to do surgery on that unconscious person. Yet that’s what Joan Rivers’ doctor did, right before an unauthorized surgery, no less. Sadly, that surgery led to Rivers’ death. The doctor has since been removed from his position, as should any doctor who takes a selfie with an unconscious patient, does spur of the moment surgery, or both.