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‘Selfies’ newest craze pose risks to teens

For people who take self-portraits, also known as

For people who take self-portraits, also known as "selfies," Instagram and Twitter are featuring a Selfie Olympics.

For people who take self-portraits, also known as "selfies," Instagram and Twitter are featuring a Selfie Olympics.

For people who take self-portraits, also known as "selfies," Instagram and Twitter are featuring a Selfie Olympics.

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Oxford Dictionaries’ named “selfie” word of the year for 2013.

A “selfie” is defined as a photograph that one tales of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media web site. The term is frequently seen as part of hashtags on social media networks.

“I see a lot of kids using the hashtag #ss because I guess Sunday is dedicated as the Selfie Day of the Week,” said junior Nicole Yamada.

The “Selfie Olympics” first erupted on Twitter and is becoming increasingly popular, especially among teens. The trending game requires participants to creatively capture a “selfie” in a bathroom. Teens often use props to better the background of their photo, and elaborate settings have been seen in such postings.

“The Selfie Olympics is so amusing. Some people really dedicate a lot of time to their pictures, but I would never engage in stupid stunts like the kid who lit himself on fire,” said junior Olivia Brittin.

Although the Selfie Olympics is viewed as an amusing activity, many say it is one of the most dangerous social media trends to permeate the Internet.

The tagline of the Olympics, “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” often propels teens to maximize their physical abilities in dangerous ways. Some participants take pictures while hanging from doors or ceilings. One extreme daredevil even lit his jacket on fire while still in it in his pursuit of Selfie Olympics popularity.

“I think the price of popularity drives people crazy and some of these Selfie stunts should not be practiced by inexperienced and uncoordinated teens,” said junior Jillian Anderson.

Over 60,000 posts have been recorded on Instagram with the hashtag “selfieolympics” and even more have been seen on Twitter. The contest draws from all types of personalities and the ultimate prizes of popularity and bragging rights are enough to motivate teens to threaten their well-being in the pursuit of a perfect selfie.

Aina Katsikas, Editor, Reporter

Aina Katsikas is a senior and second-year member of the Ka Leo staff. She is an 11-year veteran of the Academy and is currently Student Body president....

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