New Mental Illness Linked To Selfie Addiction-New Discovery!
Selfie addiction? Maybe you will think that there is no connection between selfie and health but actually there is! Our culture of social media addiction and selfies has finally caught the attention of psychologists. They’ve discovered a new mental health condition they’re calling “Selfitis.”
We live in time when we’re becoming increasingly glued to our phones. We are constantly chasing the digital heroin rush of a “share”, “like”, “retweet”. It is definitely an addiction taking and posting selfies. It is debilitating condition and, in some cases, it’s actually LETHAL.
In 2014 the term “selfitis” had been classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.
Researchers from Thiagarajar School of Management and Nottingham Trent University in Madurai, India, say that “selfitis” is actually a real condition. They’ve even created a survey you can take to see and determine how severe your case of addiction is.
As The Daily Mail reports:
“When people take selfies at least 3 times a day borderline selfitis occurs, but do not post them on social media.
“Someone is in acute phase if as many are taken and the pictures are actually posted online.
“A person is a chronic selfie-taker if he or she feels an uncontrollable urge to take photos of himself/herself around the clock, posting them to Instagram and Facebook more than six times a day.”
Extensive and deeper research was performed to devise the borderline-acute-chronic scale.
It actually began with testing focus groups comprised of 200 participants. The goal was to determine what was the underlying motivation for constantly taking and posting selfies.
Researchers then tested the scale on 400 participants, refining it to ensure it was effective and accurate.
The International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction published the findings. They were gathered in India—a fitting nation given it has the highest number of Facebook users.
You still don’t think that selfie addiction is related to health issues?
According to Dr. Mark Griffiths from Nottingham Trent University, the paper’s author:
“This study arguably validates the concept of selfitis. It provides benchmark data for other researchers to investigate the concept in different contexts and more thoroughly.
“As technology advances the concept of selfie-taking might evolve over time. But the six identified factors that appear to actually underlie selfitis in the present study are potentially useful in understanding such human-computer interaction across mobile electronic devices.”