People who take tons of selfies may have a mental disorder
You wake up, and before your eyes even adjust to the brightness of the day, you snap a selfie. Then you get out of bed and take one to the bathroom. And then you take one for your outfit of the day and so on. Then you take about a million more to send to Josh from math class.
Your day won’t officially start until you’ve taken a picture of your breakfast, of you on the treadmill, and of your outfit for the day. And that’s all before noon.
You posted all your selfies on Instagram, Facebook and even managed to get some SnapChats. Maybe it’s time for a Twitter too. Send one to your mom, or even the family group chat. Maybe Grandma needs an update on your outfit, just like the rest of the world.
The American Psychiatric Association has classified selfie addiction as a mental disorder called selfitis, defined as “the obsessive-compulsive desire to take pictures of oneself and post them on social media as a way to compensate for lack of self-esteem. of oneself and to fill a gap in intimacy.”
You start to panic about going crazy, even as you pick up your phone to document your anxiety.
Before you completely collapse, you should know that there is no selfishness and it was all just a hoax. While there are no mental health issues related to the number of selfies you take, it’s always a good idea to stop and smell the roses whenever you can. Recognize that you can’t live your whole life through the lens of a phone.
Why were so many people freaking out about their constant selfie taking? The culprit for this widespread self-portrait panic was a fake news article published in the Adobo Chronicles (The Filipino version of onion).
People read the article, misunderstood the satire and shared it. No one seemed to question the validity of the information, and suddenly selfie addiction was a class A mental illness.
Is taking too many selfies hateful? Yes. Is an overabundance of selfies narcissistic? Definitively.
Do you always have to be aware of your surroundings so you don’t hurt or kill yourself when trying to get the perfect shot? Absolutely. Remember to look both ways before crossing the street, even if you have a phone in your hand. Especially when you have a phone in your hand.
That’s not to say that selfie addiction might not one day be classified as a mental disorder, but for now, it isn’t. Let the false diagnosis of selfitis be a red flag, and from now on, take and share your selfies responsibly.
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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer and passionate about astrology. She has had articles in the Los Angeles Times, Salon and Woman’s Day.