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A week or so ago I saw a super funny episode of the ABC show Trophy
Wife where the whole family got lice. It was hilarious in a creepy, totally grossing me out, but in an "I can't stop
laughing" kind of way.
families on TV aren't the only one's scratching their heads wondering what's
making them itch so badly. Head lice, a nasty little problem formerly reserved
for preschoolers and elementary school students, is now on the rise with
teens. Why? In a sitcom-worthy plot twist, teens are getting head lice because
of the phenomenon known as the camera-phone selfie.
According to Time
Magazine, head lice is a veritable teen epidemic. Here's how it works: Head
lice—those litte nitty insects that like to grab onto the root of hair—is a condition that notoriously can
take down a preschool class or kindergarten cluster faster than a kid coming
to school with a contagious fever. That's because head lice like to see every
human head as their own personal X-Games. That means head lice like to jump
from one head to another.
Time Magazine suggests shaving your teen's head.
Why does that affect selfie-obsessed teens more? Well, when a few people take a
selfie, they cluster together head-to-head and smile for the camera. Faster
than they can post that latest picture to Facebook, the lice have jumped ship
and found a new head to embed. As if
teens weren't self conscious enough, now they have head lice to contend with
every time they say cheese. Talk about
So what's the solution? Time
Magazine suggests shaving your teen's head. Seems a bit extreme to me. So
maybe just suggest to your teens that they not put their head's close to their
friends'. After all, lice are hard to detect and easy to get.
Or maybe the lice/seflie outbreak is one more reason why we
should all put down our phones. Maybe we're all spending too much time
photographing our lives and not enough time living our lives. Plus, you'd hate
for that photo of you getting lice to go viral.