According to sharon rink, a wisconsin pediatrician, group selfies may be adding to the outbreak in older children. Up until now lice have been mostly affecting the elementary-aged kids. Based on the data from the centers of disease control, it is estimated that lice impact from six million to twelve million children between the ages of three and eleven each year. But in recent years more and more teens have been concentrating this parasite, and social media might take the blame! It may be a matter of time before there is a new hashtag starts trending on facebook, yelp, twitter, instagram, and snapchat: #social media lice. Gross!
The head louse is a really really small wingless insect that lives in human hair and eats little amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice [ plural for louse] only move by crawling and is not able to run and or jump. The adult lice move about eight or nine inches per minute. Lice spreads through physical contact, like when peoples heads touch together, like during the time when people snuggle up to fit the frame of a smartphone photo! Sharon rock says “the only way people transmit lice is touching their heads together, and that’s happening with all these photos!”
Some argue that lice are not fast enough to move from head to head in the short amount of time it takes to snap a selfie. However, watching that selfie on a phone with freinds is a different story. Katie shepard, founder of the shepherd institute for lice solutions, said, ¨kids curl up on couches together and sit head-to-head looking at pictures or videos on someone’s phone. That’s a lot more contact than you get taking a selfie.” lice is disgusting. Trust me