Selfie Syndrome – A Mental Disorder

 

Mr. Vijayaraddi Vandali1, Mrs. Rekha Biradar2

1Associate Prof cum Vice-Principal, School of Nursing, P P Savani University, Surat, Gujarat, India.

2Community Health Officer, Devadurga, Karnataka.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: vijayvandali84@gmail.com

 

ABSTRACT:

As selfitis defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. Chicago, Illinois The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder. The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self  and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.

 

KEYWORDS: Selfie, mental disorder, selfitis.

 

 


INTRODUCTION:

Selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a digital camera or camera phone held in the hand or supported by a Selfie stick. A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a Smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

                                                                                                                            Wikipedia

It is closely related to Narcissism. Narcissism means excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance. People with lots of Face book friends more likely to be narcissists1.

 

 

Fig: 01 shows Selfie Syndrome.

 

“AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER”:

MARCH 31, 2014 POL PINOY.

 

Fig: 02 showing Selfie click, Credit: American Psychiatric Association.

Definition:

American psychiatric association named this disorder as selfitis:

Defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy2.

 

Classification:

·        Borderline selfitis:

taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media

·        Acute selfitis:

taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media

·        Chronic selfitis:

Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day.

 

 

Signs:

·        Selfish – Narcissists act selfishly and, even if being generous, are generally only responsive to their own concerns.

·        No rules – Narcissists feel that they are above others and that the rules don’t apply to them

·        Inability to take criticism- narcissists have an inflated idea of their own importance, they can be quickly deflated by negative criticism.

·        Discomfort- it happens due to lot of addiction for Selfie.

·        Unilateral listening- Instead of listening in order to respond, narcissists listen in order to dismiss, negate, ignore, minimize or otherwise make someone else’s concerns irrelevant

·        Refusal to take responsibility- Narcissists have a tendency to blame others for things that go wrong

·        Angriness- Narcissists may become easily angered by critical comments or being ordered what to do1.


Statistical data/information related to Selfie deaths in world:



Fig: 03 Graph shows Selfie related fatalities in world.


 



Fig: 04 Graph shows how Selfie related fatalities happens.

Source: Zachary Crockett- Data via Google News Archives, Wikipedia


Among all accidental deaths worldwide, selfies are now tied with skateboarding and sit below stings from bees and wasps3:

 

Consequences:

Excessive use of social networking may be connected to psychiatric problems

Like depression,

·      Obsessive compulsive disorder,

·      Addiction,

·      Body dysmorphia,

·      Narcissistic personality disorder,

·      Schizoaffective and schizotypal disorders,

·      Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder etc.

·      There is a human desire to be recognized and appreciated

·      We shouldn’t make those people closest to us ask for it2.

 

Prevention:

1.    Strict law required to prevent deaths related to Selfie and law incudes strictly prohibit the Selfie points/place.

2.    Parents also have to teach their children’s not stick for selfies.

3.    Social Medias must start campaign against excess Selfie.

4.    Put the sign boards in certain place/areas that not to have Selfie.

5.    Required to conduct frequent awareness programmes in school/colleges/workplace4.

 

 

Fig: 05 shows prohibit the places for Selfie.

 

CONCLUSION:

Everybody should use mobile as much as less, so it helps to reduce selfies and its related consequences. Everyone must have self-consciousness and self-aware.

 

Awareness programmes need to be conducted at school/colleges by teaching them or bringing to their knowledge regarding sever consequences & Statistical information shows death and severe injuries due to Selfie.

 

FUND:

Self.

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST:

None.

 

ETHICAL CLEARANCE:

Not required.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

I would like to thank my parents and beloved faculty of P P Savani University.

 

REFERENCES:

1.       http://thedeenshow.com/watch/3282/selfie-syndrome-avoiding-narcissism

2.       http://adobochronicles.com/2014/03/31/american-psychiatric-association-makes-it-official-selfie-a-mental-disorder/

3.       http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/21/tech/social-media/facebook-narcissistic-behaviors/

4.       http://www.justnaturallife.com/scientists-link-selfies-to-narcissism-addiction-mental-illness/

 

 

 

Received on 11.12.2017           Modified on 14.01.2018

Accepted on 28.03.2018     © A&V Publications all right reserved

Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research. 2018; 6(3):287-289.

DOI: 10.5958/2454-2660.2018.00068.6