Take Selfies All Day? Yep, You Have a Mental Problem


 

Taking an abundance of selfies is a bonafide mental disorder according to new studies out of the UK.  It's not like we all did not see this coming.  We all have a friend or three who take selfies or pictures of everything they are doing way too much.  


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The term given to such habitual selfie-takers is 'selfitis,' and it's a recognized mental condition where people feel compelled to take incessant amounts of photos of themselves to post on various social media platforms.

While the term has been used since around 2014, it was only recently backed up by actual scientific studies.  The studies were so thorough that they even have a scale called the 'Selfitis Behavior Scale' to help assess the severity of one's condition.

The scientists behind the latest studies are Dr. Mark Griffiths and Dr. Janarthanan Balakrishnan from Nottingham Trent University.

They say that people suffering from this condition are often motivated by a lack of general self-confidence, seek attention, looking to improve their moods, create memories and to confirm with their social peers in a socially competitive manner.

The doctors say that a few years ago there were stories posted that the American Psychiatric Association was going to be making selfitis an official diagnosis.  These stories proved to be a hoax, but that did not stop doctors and researchers from studying what they believed to be an actual mental condition.

The doctors hope that since the condition is confirmed that further research can be done to better understand why people develop this obsessive behavior and how they can be treated.  Personally, I'm all for electroshock therapy.  But I'm no expert!

The results of the study indicate that there are three levels of this condition.  The first being borderline cases where the person takes at least three selfies per day, but withholds posting them on. The next level is called the acute phase and is the same as borderline cases, but the person posts the selfies to social media.  The third stage is the highest level of selfitis, and it is classified as people with an uncontrollable urge to take and post selfies pretty much all day and night.

Answer the following ten questions on a scale of one to five, where five is strongly agree, and one is strongly disagree.

At the end add up all of your scores.

The higher your score (the highest is 200), the higher the likelihood that you suffer from selfitis.

Telegraph reports the test as:

  1. Taking selfies gives me a good feeling to better enjoy my environment
  2. Sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues
  3. I gain enormous attention by sharing my selfies on social media
  4. I am able to reduce my stress level by taking selfies
  5. I feel confident when I take a selfie
  6. I gain more acceptance among my peer group when I take selfies and share them on social media
  7. I am able to express myself more in my environment through selfies
  8. Taking different selfie poses helps increase my social status
  9. I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media
  10. Taking more selfies improves my mood and makes me feel happy
  11. I become more positive about myself when I take selfies
  12. I become a strong member of my peer group through selfie postings
  13. Taking selfies provides better memories about the occasion and the experience
  14. I post frequent selfies to get more ‘likes’ and comments on social media
  15. By posting selfies, I expect my friends to appraise me
  16. Taking selfies instantly modifies my mood
  17. I take more selfies and look at them privately to increase my confidence
  18. When I don’t take selfies, I feel detached from my peer group
  19. I take selfies as trophies for future memories
  20. I use photo editing tools to enhance my selfie to look better than others

Add your scores! What did you get? Are you signing up for premature electroshock therapy sessions any time soon?

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