The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed that selfie craziness was directly linked with a mental disorder which displayed psychopathic traits of an individual. The disorder is known as ‘Selfitis’.
You’ve seen it thousands of times on Facebook and other social media outlets, there is even a song on the radio about it! Selfies have become a huge trend in social media and psychiatrists and mental health workers are linking them to mental health conditions related to narcissism and a person’s obsession with their looks.
I’ve personally seen this with some of my own friends. They might take several selfies over and over again until they find the right one. Picking out details about their eyebrows, skin, noses, smiles, teeth, hair and so forth, all in an attempt to find the perfect angle to make the perfect picture. Even looking at how most of us choose our profile pictures on Facebook and other social media sites is a huge process. Believe it or not, as harmless as these acts all seem, they build up over time to create and create great forms of self consciousness and false sense of confidence. Instead of being okay with who we are no matter what, we strive to find the right picture with all the perfect details. The more likes we get on social media sites the happier we feel.
Selfie craze were classified into three types including:
— Borderline selfitis, those who take photos of one’s self at least three times a day but don’t post them on social media (Moderately attractive people).
— Acute selfitis, who take photos of one’s self at least three times a day and post each of the photos on social media (People who have groomed for these activities).
— Chronic selfitis, those who have the uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting them on social media over six times a day (attention seekers).
The men who post selfies daily were more near to be narcissistic, impulsive and display other characteristics, such as a lack of empathy, research said.
This phenomenon gives us all insights that we can use. It reveals that there is a human desire to be recognized and appreciated.