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Selfie Danger? Camera Flash May Trigger Seizure-Like Response


People go crazy over taking selfies. It has become one of the most favorite activities nowadays, especially among teenagers.

However, taking selfies has been proven to have dangerous effects. You probably wonder how is that possible. Recently, there was a case report from Canada regarding this issue. Believe it or not, doctors noticed abnormal electrical activity in the brain a few minutes after a teen took a selfie. She was being monitored in a lab for a three-day period. During the procedure, the girl was hooked up to an electroencephalogram (EEG). The monitoring was also videotaped. The patient didn’t have any seizures in the lab, but the doctors detected two unusual spikes in her brain activity. While reviewing the video, the doctors found out that a few minutes before the spikes, the girl had used her iPhone to snap a selfie. She took the selfie with both the flash and red-eye reduction on in a dimly lit room.

The young girl had experienced her first seizure at a school dance. The doctors supposed that it might have been brought on by a strobe light. This girl also explained her experience with involuntary ”jumping” of her arms and upper body with the doctors. This strange condition happened when she saw sunlight streaming through the trees and in a car in intense sunlight.

According to the report published in the journal Seizure, the doctors who treated the girl called this seizure-like activity ”selfie-epilepsy” phenomenon.

To be more precise, the doctors have defined this condition as a ”photosensitivity response” to the selfie. In one form of epilepsy (photosensitive epilepsy), people suffer seizures that are caused by flashing or flickering lights. Moreover, there have been cases with epilepsy triggered by video games.

So far, this girl is the only one who had this experience. To conclude, the phone didn’t cause a seizure per se, but one thing is for sure that it did cause a change in brainwave activity. However, further analysis is needed to examine the link between seizures and the camera flash of smart phones.

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