If you feel the urge to take selfies, you may have a genuine “psychological complex,” research has suggested. It’s called selfitis, which is the ovsessive taking of selfies. The term was first coined in 2014 as part of a spoof news article claiming selfitis was to be deemed a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.But researchers have looked into the phenomenon, after other technology-related disorders such as “nomophobia” or the phobia of not having a mobile phone to hand, have been studied.
Dr Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University’s psychology department, said: “A few years ago, stories appeared in the media claiming that the condition of selfitis was to be classed as a mental disorder.“While 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.Through the study, which was carried out with 400 participants from India as the country has the most users on Facebook, the Selfitis Behaviour Scale was developed, which can be used to determine how severely people are afflicted by the condition.
Using a scale of one, for strongly disagree, to five for strongly agree, people can determine how acute their selfitis is by responding to statements such as “sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues”, and “I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media”.