Selfies are fun! They are easy to take and a way that many teens use to capture a moment. But would you expect to read about selfies spreading lice?
A seemingly harmless click of a cell phone button to take a photo may indeed be increasing your child’s risk of contracting lice, a parasitic insect that lives on the human scalp.
Recent studies suggest that children with smartphones are about twice as likely to contract lice than their peers who do not own smartphones. One possible explanation is the close proximity kids are in when taking selfies. Of course, more studies are needed to confirm but it’s clear that the closeness groups come to take a selfie increases the risk of contracting the parasite.
The New York Post reports, “A new Oxford University study found that children who own smartphones are more prone to head lice.