Fri., Feb. 11/22
An August 2021 report by FinanceBuzz reports that U.S. millennials (persons born from 1981 to 1996) will take more than 25,000 selfies during their lifetimes. This translates to approximately 38 hours annually, more time than that spent walking or engaged in social events.* Google has reported that 93 million selfies are taken daily by their Android devices. One-third of all photos taken by 18-to-24-year-olds are selfies.
The media has coined a phrase for the phenomenon, in fact several: “Snapchat Dysmorphia,” “Social Media Dysmorphia,” “Zoom Dysmorphia,” “Selfie Dysmorphia,” “Instagram Dysmorphia” — you get the idea.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition in which a person has an unhealthy and excessive fixation with perceived defects or flaws in physical appearance (particularly the face) that are unnoticeable or appear slight to others. – Singh AR, Valerie D, Understanding and treating body dysmorphic disorder It is a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and often accompanied with social anxiety and depression.
As a member of the “Baby Boomer” generation (those born from 1946 to 1964) I recall being dubbed also as included in “the ‘Me’ generation.” But where “the ‘Me’ generation.” was all about being lovers of materialism and putting self interests first, the millennial generation is all about being lovers of the ‘self’ – the body, and in particular the face.
This is precisely what scripture foretells, “You should know this,” writes Paul to young Timothy…
“…in the last days there will be very difficult times…. people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.“ (2 Tim. 3:1-5, NLT).
The term “dysmorphia” derives from “dys-“: bad, abnormal, imperfect,” (Greek dys-) and “morph”: change of form or structure, originally by witchcraft, (Greek metamorphōsis). Put together it suggests a distortion from what is normal.
Try as we may, we can never transform ourselves into the ideal creation. In fact, we can’t even grasp what that “ideal” is. But this is exactly why Christ came into this world. He came to make us perfect, complete, like Himself. He came to make us holy… to restore us… to give us eternal life.
Look to Him instead yourself and you will find your ‘self’ truly transformed!
* American Time Use Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.