Are Selfies Bad For Your Health?

Doctor argues group selfies are behind a rise in mutant head lice

Social media obsessed teens are causing a head lice epidemic, according to pediatrician Sharon Rink.

The theory goes that when teens touch their heads to take a group snap, the lice can move between heads.

Dr Rink has dubbed the phenomenon social media lice, saying “teenagers don’t usually get lice because they’re not sharing hats and things like that.”

“And lice can’t jump, so the only way they can transmit lice is touching their heads together, and that’s happening with all these photos.”

In further bad news, new research shows head lice are developing gene mutations and becoming resistant to many popular treatments.

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