Inspired from the previous post which talked about loving oneself – but without any obsession, made me think about the ongoing trend – the Selfie Obsession!

Googling for Selfie definition, to my surprise, I found that we now have a new psychological disorder registered in the Medical dictionary – Selfitis!

Selfitis has been explained as the obsessive taking of selfies on mobile phones.

What urge people to take Selfies?

To be the center of attention and have authority over people are the reasons which weight more than just culture or peer pressure.

“It’s a kind of self-definition,” … “We all like the idea of being sort of in control of our image and getting attention, being noticed, being part of the culture.”

said Dr Terri Apter, psychology lecturer at Cambridge University.

(The Telegraph)

“Hey am on my first date!” Result: “Selfie”
“Bought new eyelashes!” Result: “Selfie”
” Got injured in an accident!” Result: “Selfie”

How the Selfie culture began?

The culture of taking selfies was first imbibed from celebrities who actually take selfies for sharing on their social network: to multiply their followers and for charity purposes. But nowadays, selfies have by passed all the levels of cool-ism to absurdity. There is no rule, why, when, where to take a selfie. In some cases, selfies are taken in shocking situation – at funerals, in the dressing room and…

I take selfies, so?

However, Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, believes that taking selfies and posting them on social sites does not necessarily mean that you are narcissist but it depends:

“…some amount of self-love or self-esteem and a realistic appraisal of and appreciation for one’s qualities is necessary for healthy development,”

(Source)

But how to judge if one is narcissist or not?

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction  found that there are three levels of Selfitis:

  • Borderline: Taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
  • Acute: Taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each one on social media
  • Chronic: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day

(source)

From Selfies to killfies!

There have been many cases recorded where people ended either in hospital or even died in the craze of taking selfies. Why? It makes you feel like a hero dude! Really??

Do you suffer from Selfitis???


2 Comments

Caz (InvisiblyMe) · 9th March 2018 at 3:42 pm

A very interesting topic! I’m on the fence a little on the narcissism thing; I think some people perhaps are vain and love seeing their own photos, showing off where they can etc. However, I think the vast majority who go over the top on selfies and such are perhaps quite insecure. I hate selfies, I always look awful! I think the extent to which they’re used and the reasons for them is all quite sad when you think people have died taking selfies (trying to get an extreme photo that’s too dangerous) and take them at such inappropriate times (ie smack bang in the middle of a funeral). Great post! x

    Parween · 9th March 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject Caz…yep indeed something alarming and it feels creepy as it is becoming like a pressure to go along this selfie culture…just discovered another story here…the guy takes 200 snaps a day and if he gets less than 600 Likes he delete it ???
    http://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-43197018

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