‘Selfie‘ – the modern trend that almost everyone has at least one at some point in their lives. In the 20th century, it started as a symbol of confidence with one’s looks. Today it has become an integral part of everyone’s social accounts. However, today for some people it has evolved from a trend into disorder. Now, let’s deep dive into, ‘Selfitis- The Selfie Syndrome‘.
What is Selfitis disorder?
Selfitis is the obsessive desire to take selfies of oneself and post them on social media. In addition, the person thinks of it as a way to make up for low self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. In 2014, a fake story about selfie obsession being a mental disorder had gone viral. However, according to a study conducted by researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Thiagarajar School of Management (TSM) in Tamil Nadu coined selfitis as a real disorder. Moreover, researchers published a new paper in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction on this topic.
What do psychologists say about selfies?
- In a new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, psychologists found that people who post selfies are more likely to be perceived negatively than people who post “posies” – photos of the poster taken by another person.
- Taking a selfie is not an addiction, but a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder that involves checking one’s appearance.
- Some experts consider taking selfies as a form of “acting out” in young people and can be a cry for help.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is used to help a patient to recognize the reasons for his or her compulsive behaviour. After that, they learn how to moderate it. CBT helps people to learn how to identify and change disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour and emotions.
Interesting Facts of Selfitis:
Danny Bowman is the UK’s first selfie addict person.
Selfies trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned -if- you- do and damned – if- you- don’t spectre of either narcissism or low self-esteem.
Hoping to reach the greatest number of likes on social media is a symptom of selfie disorder.
In 2013, Oxford English Dictionary elected the word “selfie” as “WORD OF THE YEAR”.
Every year, more than 100 selfitis patients seek treatment in United Kingdom.
In conclusion, taking selfie is not a disorder until it is controlled. As technology improves, the existence of mental disorders equally increases. It is better to be updated with the consequences of using technology in an alarming way. Instead being diverted with physical activities keeps physic and psych of an individual hail and healthy.