Yup, we exist in the technologically advanced Cenozoic era! This beginning of the knowledge age, is widely into the invent of making the human’s role, a passive one for the sake of making everything accessible. Now everybody have their access for smartphones. I hope a child could lecture it’s usage better than me. The term selfie was coined in the year 2013 when smartphones were made with front cameras. But this indeed lead to the formation of the term ‘Selfitis‘. The word just passed about as a spoof, but the word was coined in 2014 by American psychiatric association. Dr. Mark Griffiths, professor of behavioural addiction in Nottingham Trent University had approved it’s existence and had found out the first Selfitis behavioural scale.
Selfitis can simply be defined as the obsessive habit of taking more selfies and is regarded as a kind of mental illness. This disorder is prevalent on amidst the youths and millennials. The pathetic thing is many of us don’t recognise that we have such thing in us. When things exceeds the limits, it becomes dangerous. While the students were interviewed in certain surveys, their reply was that; they tend to take selfies, since they felt that they are beautiful, their urge to expose themself in social media, to seek certain attention, to feel their elevated self-esteem and so on. The six components responsible for taking selfies are listed below: Environmental enhancement: for the people to feel better and express themselves, more often to create some memories. Social competition: As social media serves as the platform to express themselves, people tend to post their pics and there are various hashtags and public pages present to post their pics. Seeking attention: Now a days teens tend to receive admiration of their self to feel their self-esteem. Mood modifier: when young people feel their stress, they tend to take selfies and this just proves to change the mood condition of certain people. Self-confidence: Many filters have been brought to modify the appearance in an artificial manner. The confidence level is increased, which leads to self love towards the condition such as narcissism. Social conformity: By posting one’s pics, they tend to go with the trend and as they accompany more people, it brings them out of their loneliness.
Thus the excessive addiction towards taking selfies had increased in recent times and it is evinced even by surveys. Especially women were found to be obsessed in taking selfies than men. The selfitis behavioural scale is formed with the survey taken from 3,700 Norwegian social media users. The borderline stage is defined as taking atleast 3 to 4 selfies per day, which is considered as a normal behaviour. The Acute stage is considered as the urge to post 2 or 3 pics in social media sites, everyday. The chronic stage is the severe one where people takes countless selfies everyday, without their realization. A survey was jointly conducted by Carnegie Mellon University from Pittsburgh and Indraprastha University from Delhi during the year 2014-2017. They have found that 213 people died while taking selfies and 128 people amidst them are Indians. The Pakistan and America stands in the consecutive places. This disorder affects physically and mentally in a way that it may lead a person towards anxiety, depression, lack of confidence and acceptance of oneself, feeling of fatness, physical attractiveness and lesser body satisfaction. Since the selfie apps are featured with the modification of one’s appearance according to their wish, it could channel one’s mental health in an unhealthy way.
Though there is no approved medications for treating this disorder, it can be cured by asking for advice from wellwishers, practicing relaxation techniques and setting realistic goals to achieve; so that these things can divert a person. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) proves to be effective for such OCD; along with medications. Such therapies involve the exposure of the person to the object of obsession and making them to practice the coping skills; in order to avoid the instinct. Thus the obsession or addiction of any habit may lead someone to disaster.