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Final Word: Tour de France selfies are just plain stupid

Not long ago, the American Psychiatric Association classified taking selfies as a mental disorder. They even came up with a name, "Selfitis."

Sounds about right.

As it turns out though, taking selfies could be dangerous, at least when you do it at the Tour de France.

The famed 21-day bicycle race is underway, and during some of the early stages, riders have had to dodge spectators who were standing in the road with their backs to the race.

They were trying to take Tour selfies!

Can you imagine, jumping in the way of hundreds of cyclists barreling down a two-lane road in Yorkshire, just to try to get that perfect close-up of yourself?

I can't. I've taken a few selfies, I admit it, but they were of myself and my son, when there was no one else around to take a picture. I'm certainly not jumping in the middle of the road to get one.

Psychologists are reporting growing numbers of selfie-taking patients who suffer from narcissism, body dysmorphia, and dramatically low self-esteem.

Soon, they could be suffering some broken bones as well. And they won't be the only ones!

Seriously, it's easy enough for those riders to fall without the selfie takers in the road. Several riders have swiped at the spectators as they passed, and American rider Teejay van Garderen called the craze "a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity."

I'm just calling it crazy.

Hey, selfie taker, you're NOT IN the Tour de France. Turn the cellphone around and get out of the road!

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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