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Tame selfie craze, treat selfies as fun activity: Experts
New Delhi : If the disturbing news of two selfie deaths - one each in Mumbai and Jammu and Kashmir this weekend - shattered your Sunday morning, it is time to pause and see if your young ones are not trying a dangerous pose for a selfie to impress their peers.
 
A college girl who fell into the swirling Arabian Sea while clicking a selfie off a rocky part of the Mumbai beach and a youth who plunged into the water to save her on Saturday were both swept away, police said.
 
And in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, an attempt to take a selfie atop a fort proved fatal for a youth as he fell backwards and died, police said.
 
“There have been cases where youngsters have put themselves at unnecessary risk to take that one good picture. It is crucial that you draw a line between habit and obsessive behaviour,” Dr Ashish Mittal, consultant psychiatry at Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon, told IANS.
 
In November, a 14-year old schoolboy, who was trying to take a selfie on his cellphone atop a stationary train wagon, was electrocuted and died in Mumbai.
 
“Parents should intervene as it is no more a laughing matter. Their 'selfie crazy' children may require expert help. Else, they may put their lives at risk for a mere picture,” he added.
 
The craze for a perfect selfie shot has taken many young lives globally in the past year.
 
In neighbouring Pakistan, a 22-year-old man was killed while trying to take a selfie in front of a moving train in Rawalpindi city in December.
 
In the same month, two teenagers were killed in Turkey after they lay on the middle of a road to try for a selfie with a plane in the background.
 
In another tragic instance, a 17-year-old schoolboy fell from the roof of a nine-storey building while trying to click an “extreme selfie” in Russia in September last year.
 
“Not only in India but worldwide, people should be careful for taking selfies in dangerous situations. The habit needs to be discouraged,” added Dr (Brig) S. Sudarsanan, senior consultant (Psychiatrist), at BLK Super Specialty Hospital in the capital.
 
Ironically, clicking a selfie proved to be more lethal than getting mauled by a shark in 2015.
 
There were at least 12 selfie-related deaths globally while only eight people died in shark attacks in 2015, tech website Mashable reported.
 
Alarmed by the growing number of selfie deaths, Russian police recently started a campaign called “Safe Selfies” - to guide how to be responsible selfie-takers.
 
According to Dr Samir Parikh, director (mental health and behavioural science) at Fortis Hospitals in New Delhi, education and guidance are useful for any novel or upcoming phenomena like selfie and selfie sticks.
 
“Taking precautions while taking selfies can be beneficial in order to ensure more informed and responsible decisions associated with social learning,” Parikh told IANS.
 
“We all are familiar with the craze of selfies, especially among youngsters. But if someone is taking a selfie in a dangerous situation like on a mountain or in the middle of the road, it can lead to fatal accidents,” noted Dr Mittal.
 
“Also, if someone's selfie is not liked by friends on social media, it can lead to further stress and frustration. This can turn into obsessive behaviour if not taken seriously,” he emphasised.
 
According to experts, it is the right time to tame selfie obsession.
 
“Do not succumb to peer pressure. Be smart enough to draw the line as at the end of the day, it is just a picture,” Dr Mittal advised. Consult an expert if needed. “Treat selfies only as a fun activity," Dr Sudarsanan added.
 
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MG Warrier

1 year ago

We may not be able to retrieve the new generation from ‘selfie culture’. But, like many other ‘negative’ things we have come through, like alcohol, smoking, drugs etc(list is illustrative, not exhaustive) and at some stage wanted to create social awareness about the harm they can cause, time has come when we should be openly debating the social problems ‘mobile technology’ is creating. There are several dimensions. There was a time when photography was prohibited in several places. We may not be able to go back in time. But, definitely, there is a case to think of imposing some self-regulation in the use of mobiles and web cams. Most important concern is about the security of the user. Use of such gadgets while driving, walking on or across roads etc. should be discouraged.

Inner Healing Is the Future
Spirituality, which translates to sharing and caring in practical terms, is vital
 
Science is one of the many ways of understanding this enigma called the universe. One should not lose sight of the fact that there are other good methods of understanding the nature of this universe like, for example, spirituality. Although conventional science believed that “science is measurement and measurement is science,” as defined by Marie Curie, the reality is that science is as vulnerable to scrutiny as are other methods like spirituality. Energy, which runs this world, is now known to be the other face of matter itself. That being so, the world becomes a bundle of energy. Mankind becomes a part of that great energy cauldron—interdependent and inseparable part at that. If we are interdependent in this maya (illusion) called the world, spirituality—which translates as sharing and caring in practical terms—becomes a vital need.
 
All our development in terms of science and technology, thus far, has been an external development, with humans becoming more and more greedy, unmindful of the needs of their fellow humans. To make human beings human and humane, we must explore how spirituality—the internal development—could match the external development of science and spirituality. The reductionist science of medicine, which uses the inanimate sciences of physics and chemistry, needs to be replaced by the holistic science of non-linearity. This could be achieved by the new science of ‘Whole Person Healing’ (WPH), using source energy to set the deranged energy pattern of the healthy human being. In this new set-up, health is defined as “enthusiasm to work and enthusiasm to be compassionate.” Diseases lose their sheen in this setting. Health promotion is our goal. as was enunciated by Ayurveda thousands of years ago: swasthshya swastha rakshitham (keep the well healthy). 
 
For maintaining good health, each one of us will have to do a bit of introspection to develop our inner world. In the materialistic world, all development, so far, has been outer development: broad roads, tall buildings, huge highways, airplanes to fly like a bird, submarines to swim like a shark, spaceships to go the moon; but, because we did not develop internally, we have illnesses of all kinds—from the common cold to cancer—narrow minds full of greed, jealousy, hatred and anger, inability to go the neighbour’s house with a smile. Forget about going to the moon, one plays with people’s health in the name of reductionist medical non-science and what have you. This introspection is very simple and could be a huge success, if done on a regular basis, to maintain good health and avoid diseases to the extent possible.
 
Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Do not do anything to control your thoughts. But do not act on your thoughts on the spot. This stillness for 20 minutes makes one tranquil. That will make one go into and understand, oneself. That is the time to cleanse all bad thoughts and fill that space with positive thoughts. One can even use this after several days’ practice to heal illnesses, so-called quantum healing. Even without using that time and tranquillity to heal illnesses, the practice itself makes one very tranquil. Studies have now shown that this kind of regular inner cleansing will make the telomeres, the bands on the ends of human chromosomes, which get smaller with age, to stop that ageing process and get lengthened.
 
In the present-day world of medical corporate monstrosity, this method of preserving one’s health is sensible and economical. Health promotion using this method and, not disease prevention after a regular check-up, is the future of mankind. Let us spread this message of wellness so that people get to know this and live happily. Otherwise, advertisements, print and electronic media-based, of the ‘medical-scare’ system will push every one of us into the bottomless pit of ill health. 

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Bhupendra Madhiwalla

1 year ago

It is well accepted that mind and body are inter-related.Faith healing, christian science, reiki, meditation etc. are practiced by many since ages. It is OK to have bias towards alternative cures but to have prejudice against modern medicine is not OK. Alternatives may not be able to 'cure all' and so help of modern medicine may required. In fact, closed mind itself is a malady.
Bhupendra Madhiwalla

Bhupendra Madhiwalla

1 year ago

It is now accepted that mind and body are inter-related and hence inner healing is possible. Faith healing, Christian Science, Reiki, Meditation etc. have been practiced since ages. Though these may not be able to cure all diseases and hence help of modern medicine too may be necessary. Bias towards alternatives and no prejudice against modern medicine are required for better overall success.
Bhupendra Madhiwalla

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

In today's medical world 5% of diseases are curable like pneumonia/malaria/TB/Fever etc.

Balance 95 percent of illnesses are American Medical Associations Standards driven like Cardiac illness BP/Diabetis/Psychosomatic Illnesses like Insomnia/ Schizophrenia/ Depression.


There which require life long medicines required which Pharma cos mint money on.

Terminal incurable diseases Cancers /Alzeimer /Down's syndrome require long term undefined medications costs with no survival chances but only management of disease.

Then there are new bunch of Life style diseases/beauty/weight loss procedures which are risky & costly.

Hence Vedas say that if you manage the Inner Tranquil with techniques/exercises & moderation in life living ways than these could be eliminated/marginalised.View VALUES FOR WEALTH @ http://www.youtube.com/user/kirtidabhatt.

Happy Balanced Holistic Living

Mahesh

Addicted to Mobile?
Well, you are not alone. The majority of smartphone users are often found glued to their devices. Try these measures to handle this addiction
 
Most of you will not admit it openly; but deep inside your mind, you will accept that you become restless without your mobile handset. You are not alone. This is a new-age disease that affects the majority of mobile users, especially those with smartphones that have Internet connectivity. In Mumbai, where there is no space even to walk freely, I often see mobile users, especially the younger generation, chatting or listening to music, oblivious to the traffic. Some have even lost their lives being engrossed with their phones.
 
According to researchers, as smartphones penetrate every facet of our daily lives—a growing number of people have expressed concern about distractions, or even addiction, from overusing smartphones. Some researchers, like the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), pointed out that overuse of smartphones often results from habitual checking of messages, emails, or other online content such as status updates on social networking service (SNS) by users. KAIST has even developed an application ‘Lock n’ LoL’, which it claims can help restrain users from using the mobile device during meetings, conferences or social gatherings.
 
Researchers from Evelina London Children’s Hospital’s sleep medicine department say that all smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic bedtime mode to stop them from disrupting sleep. The researchers also said that Harvard Medical School suggests avoiding blue light two to three hours before going to bed, while the National Sleep Foundation suggests turning all electronic devices off at least an hour before going to bed. 
 
All the points mentioned above are a clear warning about not overusing your mobile devices which affect your health. But is there a real remedy to overcome this situation? One of my friends switches off his mobile before sleeping. He has been doing this even before smartphones came into the market. I used to put my smartphone in auto-aeroplane mode, before sleeping. But this was same as switching off your device, thus completely terminating your connection. 
 
The next option is to use the priority feature available in some of the mobile devices. What it does is to allow the user to control interruptions. The user can choose to allow calls and notifications from specified (starred/favourite) contacts only. You can choose other options under the priority mode also.
 
There are a few apps, like Night Keeper, Do Not Disturb, Silent Mode+ and No Disturb, available for Android-based devices. These apps also function like the priority feature and give you some peace of mind from interruptions. I know, for some people, it will be too difficult to keep away their mobile device; but it is for your own good health.
 
Emergency Numbers
All smartphone users would like to keep the device locked, to prevent unauthorised usage. This is good for safety. However, it becomes an issue in case of emergency. If something happens to the user and somebody wants to help you, he/she may not be able to contact your near and dear ones, since your mobile device is locked. There is a simple solution. Almost all mobile devices allow you to post owner information on the locked screen. Instead of posting your name under this, add the mobile number of your near and dear ones, who should be contacted in case of emergency. Use the prefix ‘ICE’ (in case of emergency) or ‘Emergency’ followed by the mobile number of the person. You can add the name of the person if you wish. You can also add more than one number, but use mobile numbers instead of landlines: ICE 9876543210 or Emergency 1234567890. This will help others to help you. 

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