Obsessed Teen Tried to Take His Own Life Because He Couldn’t Get a Good Selfie


Selfies are typically a point of ridicule for us, something to poke fun at or, on occasion, use as a force for good. But for 19-year-old Danny Bowman, the quest for the perfect selfie turned into an obsession that supposedly culminated in a suicide attempt.

According to a report in The Daily Mirror, what began as a typical teenage desire to gain acceptance from his Facebook friends through self-portraits turned into a full-fledged, dangerous addiction.

He dropped out of school, lost 28lbs off of his already thin frame, became aggressive with his parents and would spend as much as 10 hours per day taking photos of himself with his smartphone.

When the addiction reached a fever pitch, he tried to commit suicide by overdosing on pills. Fortunately, his mother found him quickly enough to get him to the hospital and save his life

Here’s Bowman talking about the experience:

The idea that selfies, SELFIES might lead to a suicide attempt probably seems ridiculous to most people, but Bowman and the professionals he’s working with are calling it a genuine mental illness.

“It sounds trivial and ­harmless but that’s the very thing that makes it so dangerous,” he told the Mirror. “It almost took my life, but I survived and I am determined never to get into that position again.”

To read the full story and find out how your standard teenaged desire to look good turned into a 200-selfies-per-day addiction and a suicide attempt, head over to the Daily Mirror by following the link below.

Selfie addict took TWO HUNDRED a day – and tried to kill himself when he couldn’t take perfect photo [Daily Mirror via TIME]

  • 9inchnail

    Or at least to use Photoshop. Not cheap but cheaper than a funeral.

  • 9inchnail

    Give him a break, he did not only fail in taking a halfway decent selfie, he even failed with his suicide attempt. Imagine how he must feel.

  • 9inchnail

    He would have to succeed with his suicide first. Only to then lose the award to someone who died in a more creative and entertaining way.

  • 9inchnail

    Most mental illnesses can quite efficiently be cured with a bullet to the brain.

  • 9inchnail

    Well, if that kid had killed himself instead of dying from hunger like a loser, we would be discussing him right now.

  • 9inchnail

    Well, he has a camera, so that already makes him a photographer, right? What more than that does it take?

  • Wodan74

    Well, yes off course, but every family in the world knows (or will know sorrow) when losing a loved one… that’s just part of life. I just don’t see the news value of some guy with some mental problem.

  • James

    Haha, good one.

  • Joe Pepersack

    It’s generally a good idea to spell-check your post before you call other people stupid.

  • Matt

    Ya, feel better about yourself? What a prick.