Selfies can cause you stress, says Cewe research

Taking selfies can be bad for your mental health. 41% of 25-34 year olds say that the pressure they feel to get perfect pictures of their life up on social media has made them stressed or anxious. This is one of the staggering findings in a study conducted by photobook specialist Cewe Photoworld. The company has launched a photo competition called Inspiring Moments to encourage people to take more meaningful and relaxing images, in association with mental heath charity Mind.

The survey contains more startling data on the pressure of social media and selfies are putting on people, and particularly millennials. The average adult, it turns out, spends 44 minutes a day taking and editing – but this rises to 74 minutes for 25-34 year olds. 39% of this age group admit the majority of their photos are taken for social media rather than for personal enjoyment. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.