British researchers have identified the existence of a disease called “selfitis”, which is actually an obsessive photograph of a selfie.
This word appeared for the first time in 2014 as part of a false news story in which the selfitis was placed on the list of mental disorders by the American Psychiatric Association.
Scientists continued to explore this phenomenon, after which the phenomenon of “nomophobia” was studied-fear of being phone-free.
“A few years ago, in the media, a story appeared that the status of a selfitis was classified as a mental disorder. Although it has subsequently been discovered that this is false news, it does not mean that this situation does not exist, “said Dr. Mark Griffiths from the Trent University in Nottingham.
The survey was conducted on 400 participants from India, as this country has the most Facebook users.
The participants answered to which level do they agree or disagree with a series of statements about the selfitis.
Among the statements were the sentences “Sharing selfies creates a healthy match with your friends and colleagues” and “I feel that I am more popular when I publish my own selfie on the social networks.”
“Typically, those who have this condition suffer from a lack of self-confidence and try to fit in their environment. They may exhibit symptoms that are similar to other potentially addictive behaviors, “said Dr. Janartanan Balakrishnan, a participant in the research.
He noted that the existence of selfitis is confirmed and that more research is needed in order to determine how and why people develop this condition and how to help them.
We believe that this is just one of the diseases that are the result of the technology era in which we live.