The best way to preserve a memory is photographing it. With the new age, selfies have made their mark and have become more than just a hobby. It has become a passion and an obsession. This is further clarified every time you take a walk on the road on the most ordinary of days, you’ll see people of all age group extending their arms up and posing for a selfie with a smile that you don’t commonly see.
Recently, a new study has found that selfie-obsession is actually a mental disorder. The revelation was previously also made in 2014, where the research was conducted by American Psychiatric Association. They declared that ‘selfie obsession’ or ‘selfitis’ is an actual mental disorder.
After that, the trend has obviously risen due to increased Snap Chat and Instagram usage. According to the research paper published in international journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Selfitis is real. Psychologist Mark D. Griffiths and Janarthanan Balakrishnan reached to this conclusion after carrying on an extensive study.
The research was conducted on 400 individuals in India and the tested subjects were measured over a Selfitis Behavior Scale. The severity of the disorder was then divided into three levels hence categorizing the subjects. The first category was the borderline cases that included those who took selfies thrice a day but didn’t post them on social media. Then came the acute form including those who posted the selfies online, and at the end was the chronic which is the worst case that included people posting at least six selfies a day.
The revelations are strange but true. Upon questioning, the participants also said that they feel more popular when they post often and not posting gives them a feeling of detachment from their social groups. According to the study, those with this condition typically suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are finding ways to fit in. The obsession shows similar symptoms to other potentially addictive behaviours.
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