Selfie-Induced Seizures? Believe It.

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People today are obsessed with taking selfies. Everywhere you look, there are selfie sticks, phones turned backwards, and special apps being used to provide that perfect shot everyone wants on their social media accounts. But what if this worldwide practice was somehow responsible for triggering seizures? It sounds like an urban legend, but new evidence suggests that this may indeed be the case. In this article, we will get to the truth behind what is really going on here, and discuss what precautions you can take to ensure that your next selfie doesn’t accidently capture you seizing out.


What is a seizure?

A seizure is essentially a sudden and abnormal burst of electrical activity in the brain. They can be brought on due to disease or injury, or due to a neurological disorder. When the latter is the cause, it is considered to be a form of epilepsy. Symptoms of a seizure include uncontrollable muscle spasms, shaking, foaming at the mouth, rapid eye twitching, and blacking out. These are the more conspicuous symptoms. However, sometimes seizures can be much more subtle, manifesting themselves simply as staring into space or confusion. It will vary based on the individual what the specific causes of their seizures is.


How Selfies Fit into Your Picture

A recent case in Canada sparked concern when a girl who took a selfie with her smartphone, experienced brain activity like that of a seizure. The girl in question was undergoing examination using electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment when doctors noticed this startling reaction. The girl did not experience a full seizure, although she did have a history of experiencing them in the past, and the EEG machine picked up two curious spikes in brain activity, which were similar to those exhibited during a seizure.

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