How Selfies Could Be A Public Health Threat

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Alas, it seems to be the case that taking a fun round of selfies with your friends could lead to [shiver] lice. As we read on Business Insider, the folks at SFist tracked down a lice expert, because such things exist, who blamed selfies for a marked increase in infection in the Bay Area.

Now, think about it for a second. You gather 'round with your girls, bring your heads up real close together, flash the peace sign and some duck lips, and take yourself a selfie. All those colliding hairdos would indeed be a perfect way for critters to jump from host to host, though we are a little skeptical.

Right now, all we have to back this up is the account of this single expert, Marcy McQuillan of Nitless Noggins, a de-licing service. "Every teen I've treated," she says to SFist, "I ask about selfies, and they admit that they are taking them every day." She continues, "I think parents need to be aware, and teenagers need to be aware, too. Selfies are fun, but the consequences are real." Again, this is purely anecdotal, but the logic behind it is terrifyingly sound. Whether you believe it or not, please selfie with caution. (Business Insider)