The term “selfitis” was first coined in 2014 as part of a spoof article claiming it was to be deemed a mental disorder. However, years later, researchers form the UK and India have confirmed that “selfitis” was to be deemed a mental disorder with up to three categories – borderline, acute and chronic.
“Selfitis” – or the obsession with taking selfies – appears to be a genuine mental condition, research has suggested. Now, psychologists have devised a self test which you can take to see where you fit on the “selfitis” scale.
Borderline selfitis occurs when people take selfies at least three times a day, but do not post them on social media. Someone is classed as acute if more than three are taken and actually posted online. To be deemed a chronic selfie-taker, you’d have to feel an uncontrollable urge to take photos of yourself around the clock, posting them to Facebook and Instagram more than six times a day. Yes, there are people out there who actually do this!
Do you want to know where you stand on the “selfitis” scale? Researchers devised a test so you can find out if you have borderline, acute or chronic “selfitis”.
TAKE THE TEST TO SEE WHERE YOU ARE ON THE SELFITIS BEHAVIOUR SCALE
Read the the statements below and for each one, give yourself a rating of 1 to 5, where 5 is strongly agree, and 1 is strongly disagree.
The scores are as follows:
- Taking selfies gives me a good feeling to better enjoy my environment
- Sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues
- I gain enormous attention by sharing my selfies on social media
- I am able to reduce my stress level by taking selfies
- I feel confident when I take a selfie
- I gain more acceptance among my peer group when I take selfies and share them on social media
- I am able to express myself more in my environment through selfies
- Taking different selfie poses helps increase my social status
- I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media
- Taking more selfies improves my mood and makes me feel happy
- I become more positive about myself when I take selfies
- I become a strong member of my peer group through selfie postings
- Taking selfies provides better memories about the occasion and the experience
- I post frequent selfies to get more ‘likes’ and comments on social media
- By posting selfies, I expect my friends to appraise me
- Taking selfies instantly modifies my mood
- I take more selfies and look at them privately to increase my confidence
- When I don’t take selfies, I feel detached from my peer group
- I take selfies as trophies for future memories
- I use photo editing tools to enhance my selfie to look better than others
This research was carried out with a scale, which runs from one to 100. It was compiled after tests were done on focus groups with 200 participants that looked at what factors drove the condition of “selfitis”. Then, the team tested out the scale by carrying out a survey on 400 participants. The research, which was published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, took part in India, the country that has the most Facebook users. Aside from that, India shockingly also has had the highest number of selfie-related deaths, where a person dies while trying to take a picture of themselves, according to research published in July.
The study, which looked at figures from March 2014 and September 2016, discovered the country accounted for 60 per cent of all such mortalities. The physiologists found that typical “selfitis” sufferers were attention seekers and often lacked self confidence. They constantly post images of themselves in hope that they boost their social credentials and to feel part of a group.
So, apparently “selfitis” is something people do suffer from! Got anyone in mind? Also read: Teen Busy Taking Selfie on Railway Track Gets Hit by Train, Suffers Severe Injuries
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