Taken a shower? Ready to head out? Not before taking a selfie.
Getting bored in the office? Not having a great day? Have to take a selfie.
Lunchtime? Not without a selfie.
Heading back home? Stuck in traffic? Better to take a selfie.
Bedtime? Time for a quick selfie.
Think all this is normal? In that case, it is time to seek medical attention.
No, we are not being sarcastic. According to a recent research done by the researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management in Madurai, the obsession of taking selfies on smartphones, better known as selfitis, is a real mental disorder that requires medical help.
Yes, you read it right! Taking non-stop selfies is now a certified mental disorder. Not only that, the researchers have identified three levels of selfitis:
- Borderline selfitis cases are people who take selfies at least three times a day but do not necessarily post them on social media.
- Acute selfitis cases exist in people taking selfies at least three times a day and posting each one on social media.
- Chronic selfitis exist in people with the uncontrollable urge to take photos of oneself round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day.
But why the heck we are obsessed with taking selfies? Researchers have also listed the motivating factors behind selfies:
- To increase self-confidence
- Seek attention
- Improve their mood
- Connect with the environment around them (to create a record of memories)
- Increase their conformity with the social group around them
- Socially competitive.
“Typically, those with the condition suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are seeking to ‘fit in’ with those around them and may display symptoms similar to other potentially addictive behaviors,” New York Post quoted Dr. Janarthanan Balakrishnan as saying.
So what? This disease will at least not kill! Well, it does. You may be shocked to know 56 people had succumbed to this disease in India alone.
So, next time when you are tempted to click yourself, refrain. Put down your phone and look around. Life is beautiful without selfies too.