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Are You Suffering from "Selfitis"?

Need to take a selfie before reading this? You may have it!

December 15, 2017

The popularity of social media means there are a lot more new mental health conditions being added to the DSM, a manual used to diagnose mental health issues. While it's great to be able to keep in touch with family and friends from all over the World, our presence on social media can have a negative impact on our personal lives and relationships. Your use can also cause a host of other problems from digital addiction to anxiety and depression

Social media allows the user to share what they want with the World. But here's the problem, they choose what they share and sometimes people don't realize it. Instead, we are comparing ourselves to "Jane Doe" who always has the perfect selfies, an incredible husband that spoils her, and seems to travel and eat at all the best spots. It's only a tiny snippet of a person's life. 

Today there's a new disorder that's all over the news. If you or someone you know or love takes all the selfies, you may be suffering from "selfitis." It isn't some funny play on words, but rather a real condition according to the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

Selfitis is defined as an obsessive need to post selfies on social media. Like other addictions, the researchers have come up with a "Selfitis Behaviour Scale" to help determine if someone has it and how severe their addiction is. There are three levels: borderline, acute, and chronic.

The scale is as follows:

Borderline: People who take at least three selfies a day but do not post them on social media.

Acute: A person who takes three selfies a day and posts them all on social media.

Chronic: You feel an uncontrollable urge to take selfies all day and night. You also are posting them on Facebook and Instagram more than six times a day.

If you're still not sure where you fall on the scale, there's a test that can help you assess yourself. 

You can take the test here! How did you do?

The most annoying thing I find with people's selfies is when they are manipulated to look flawless using some APP or filter. Do these people really think they are fooling anyone?