According to scientists ‘selfitis’ is a genuine thing, even though you may not think taking too many selfies is a big problem, but it’s actually a serious psychological disorder.
Janarthanan Balakrishnan and Mark D. Griffiths who are two Indian based researchers, carried out the study with university students gathered from all over India.
Their inspiration came from a 1995 hoax paper, which first came about as an ‘internet addiction’. It was a fake story that made researchers go away and study it and prove that internet addiction was real. With that story in mind, they went on to prove that the existence of selfitis is actually true.
Instead of there being an idea of a selfitis sufferer, the results that Griffiths and Balakrisnan showed that there was a gradual scale, which meant professionals in the health sector could use them to determine if the signs we’re of obsessive behaviour.
They came up with six key indicators that behaviouralists could observe:
• Social competition (The desire for ‘likes’ on social media)
• Attention seeking on social media, similar to above
• Mood modification (taking selfies to relax or come out of a depressive state)
• Self-confidence (complements to selfies improve the selfie-taker’s self-image)
• Subjective conformity (fear of not gaining acceptance of friends and groups if a selfie was not taken)
700 participants 18-30 year olds took part in the study, all of whom took selfies every day and some of them taking as many as eight selfies per day. 34% of them we’re borderline obsessive, 40% met the standard of sufferers of selfitis and 25.5% we’re the most chronic selfie takers.
Believe it or not, more men we’re obsessive to taking than selfies than women, with 57.5% of men scoring high for obsessive behaviour ahead of 42.5% of women.
The most Facebook users in the world come from India, making it the ideal place to study. A few of the questions that we’re included in the study we’re “What compels you to take selfies?”, “Do you feel addicted to taking selfies?” and “Do you think that someone can become addicted to taking selfies?”.
Some of the answers they received back we’re “Sometimes I explicitly compete with my friends to get more likes for my selfies”, “I spend at least 20 minutes editing and grooming the picture before uploading it to social media” and “I admire myself and gain extraordinary confidence, when I see myself in selfies.”