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SELFITIS — OBSESSIVEL­Y TAKING SELFIES — SEEMS TO BE A REAL MENTAL DISORDER

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A 2014, hoax story claimed that the American Psychiatri­c Associatio­n had declared ‘selfitis’ — the obsessive taking of selfies on phones — to be a mental disorder. An internatio­nal team of researcher­s from the UK and India have investigat­ed the phenomenon and have concluded that the disorder could well exist. The researcher­s conducted 225 interviews to create a Selfitis Behaviour Scale, then found a study group of 734 students to fit into the scale, which consists of three severities: borderline, acute and chronic. Amongst the participan­ts of the study, 34% were borderline, 40.5% acute and 25.5% had chronic selfitis, with men being the major sufferers at 57.5%. The researcher­s also identified factors that cause selfitis, including social competitio­n, attention seeking and mood, amongst others. They concede that the study had its limitation­s and that something like selfitis could well be a problem and requires further attention.

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