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The Impact of a Selfie Obsessed Society

Updated: Monday, April 21 2014, 11:15 PM CDT

Last week's stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school becomes part of a growing trend - taking selfies during class.  Some students from the high school even took selfies of their stab wounds while in the hospital. And it was just last month that a woman who had escaped a plane crash snapped a pic right afterwards.  As news correspondent Amber Miller found out pictures like those can start some important conversations. In a world of social media selfies like this one taken during the academy awards are the norm. 

"If you want to get to a wide variety of people it's easier as opposed to a group message or texting each and every person, you can just put one post and everyone will see it.," says Dashanay Holloway, a 17-year-old student.

But what happens when selfies like this one by Nate Scimio are posted? It shows Scimio pointing to what is believed to be a bandaged up stab wound received during Wednesday's mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh. The caption reading "chillin at children's". From students to parents everyone seems to have an opinion on the timing of selfies.

"Anybody 35 and above would. I understand they think it's insensitive. 35 and under, of course not, that's the norm," says Bill Baker an area parent.

Holloway says that this situation is different because the girl taking the picture had the actual plane in the background.

"With the boy that's a different situation because he didn't have to send it to anyone he just took a picture of himself," another student stated.

Elliot King is a professor of emerging media at Loyola University Maryland and he believes that if you stick yourself up there on a 'social media stage' of sorts. Other people then get to criticize you and say you shouldn't do that. King went on to say that it's simply outrageous, wrong and insensitive. King says whether it's accepted or criticized one thing it does definitely do is it triggers important conversations.

"I think it's really good that the older generation comes in and says this is rude and you shouldn't have done that. This is inappropriate and they have that dialogue that goes on. I think that's what learning is all about," Professor King said. While most may think there is no end to the selfie craze he thinks otherwise. He thinks future generations will learn from the past and do things differently.

The Impact of a Selfie Obsessed Society


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