Is 'Selfie' becoming a social problem?It has become a habit for many to take 'selfies' irrespective of the context. Yesterday, it is reported that, when one of the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam was opened and also because of heavy rain, the water level in Periyar (the major river in Kerala) was rising. The Aluva bridge is for crossing this river. Once the news of rising water reached the public, the people crossing the river gathered on the pavements to take selfies with the Periyar river. The vehicles stopped on the bridge for the same purpose. This being National Highway, the traffic was blocked. The Police were there to safeguard the area because of the flood. They tried their best to remove the 'selfie' crowd as well as the vehicles but being a road with heavy traffic, new vehicles and people crowded there. When they failed in their attempts, they collected meters of clothes and covered both the sides of the bridge with curtains!
Today in a discussion in a channel also there was a mention about this selfie problem when rescuing people from the flood and related calamities. Rescuing volunteers were being disturbed by these selfie groups. An officer who participated in the channel discussion about the flood too expressed serious concern over this issue. This selfie fever is spreading without any worries about the place, situation or context.