Home Health Selfitis: being addicted to selfies is now an illness

Selfitis: being addicted to selfies is now an illness

Addiction to selfies is now recognized by researchers as a whole new evil. This phenomenon is called “selfitis” and is a 2.0 plague for our mental health.

Selfitis, the disease of selfies.

When the passion of selfies can become a mental illness.

Pouting pout, corner look, choice of his best profile, you’re ready to take a picture. Or rather selfie if you want to be more precise. A snapshot of you by you. The word “selfie” has become commonplace in our vocabulary. Social networks are submerged with various selfies posted by anonymous or celebrities. But behind this egocentric or artistic impulse (for you to see) lies for some scientists a gateway to a symptom that is similar to a mental disorder. According to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,  anyone addicted to selfies would suffer from selfitis. Invented in 2014, this term that sounds a bit like a cheese brand means a strong reliance on taking pictures of oneself.

To go further in the analysis, researchers from the University of Nottingham Trent  in the United Kingdom and the Thiagarajar School of Management  in India have examined the issue. They analyzed nearly 400 Indian worshipers of these portraits. The choice of nationality of guinea pigs is not random because the country has the largest number of deaths related to taking selfie.


Initially, researchers analyzed the factors of addiction. They submitted to the participants a series of proposals which they had to note from 1 to 5 according to their relevance. In the affirmations were phrases like “taking selfies helps me to enjoy my environment” or “I am better integrated into my group of friends when I take selfies and share them on social networks”.

Following the answers, the specialists determined three degrees of different addictions:

1- at risk (when the subject is taking pictures at least three times a day without posting them on the networks)
2- severe (when the subject is taking pictures three times a day to post them on social networks)
3- chronic (when the subject has an uncontrollable urge to self-photograph throughout the day and posting on the networks more than six times a day).

According to researcher Janarthanan Balakrishnan, interviewed by The Independent  newspaper, “people who suffer from this condition have very low self-esteem and try to integrate into their peers’ group and may show symptoms similar to other potential behaviors. addictive “ .

Clearly following the study conducted selfitis is a mental illness not to be taken lightly. Quickly notify the Kardashian family!



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