According to CTV News and other sources, selfie elbow is now a very real health concern. Yes, taking too many selfies can be bad for your health. Your elbow will suffer the same kind of strain and injury one can get from real activities like tennis and ping-pong. Another question comes to mind- just how many selfies can cause this type of repetitive stress condition??? Today journalist Hoda Kotb recently sought medical help for a sore elbow. Her physician diagnosed selfie elbow- "“I went to the orthopedist and he said, ‘Are you playing tennis or ping-pong?’ And of course I’m not, so I told him I was taking selfies,” she explained to Elle.com. “When you take the picture, your arm is up, bent in a weird way and you just click, click,click — think about how many you take: 20, 30, or 40. Selfie elbow, everyone has it!” (quotes from Global News.)
Nope, Hoda, not everybody has it. I don't and millions of other people don't. It may turn out ( and this is pure speculation on my part) that taking so many selfies is a symptom of the more serious mental illness, narcissism, and may be an addiction. I do hope someone has warned our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, famous for his predilection for snapping selfies with "fans."
Only an intervention can help. The cure for selfie elbow is, of course, simple- stop taking so many selfies. Icing the elbow may help with the immediate inflammation and consider a selfie stick (I can't believe this is a suggestion) and let someone else take the shot.
We are headed for hell in a hand basket.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.