Selfie-Inflicted Pain

selfieI recently read an article that said that many Americans are suffering physically because they have been taking too many selfies. I kept looking for some hint that the article was a joke, but apparently it’s true. Those who regularly take dozens of selfies a day must extend their arms in an awkward manner, causing a condition that has been named “selfie elbow”.

Orthopedic surgeon Ayan Roy says “A bent elbow with the palm pointing inward is enough to put pressure on the elbow extensor muscles. It eventually leads to tendinitis which causes the swelling and pain.”

Of course there are many other ways that focusing on yourself too much can cause pain. Selfishness not only hurts those around you, but in the long run, brings pain to yourself as well. That’s why the Bible warns against being selfish.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”—Philippians 2:3-4.


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