If you are obsessed with taking selfies with your phone’s selfie camera or by using selfie stick then you may be going through a mental disorder. A group from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management carried a detailed research on Selfitis, the terms which was first used for this kind of mental disorder in 2014 in a fake news story. Later, they confirmed that the obsession for taking selfies is actually an addiction and a mental disorder.
As per the study, the psychologists and researchers said that people who have the habit of taking selfies have this habit as it helps them boost their confidence or their mood and to face the social competition. The researchers also said that these people may also be suffering from a low-self confidence, addictive behaviour or some other kind of mental problems.
A focus group of 200 participants were studied in order to come to this conclusion. The study also points out towards the internet addiction. In the sample size, 34% people accounted for borderline selfitis, 40.55% accounted with acute selfitis while 25.5% accounted for chronic selfitis. The most obsessive selfie-taking was observed more in males at 57.5% compared to 42.5% for females.
Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction in Nottingham Trent University’s Psychology Department, Dr Mark Griffiths said, “A few years ago, stories appeared in the media claiming that the condition of selfitis was to be classed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Whilst the story was revealed to be a hoax, it didn’t mean that the condition of selfitis didn’t exist. We have now appeared to confirm its existence and developed the world’s first Selfitis Behaviour Scale to assess the condition.”
The researchers also said that they expect to understand more about how and why people develop such an addiction and what will be the possible solution for this behaviour.