If you are very fond of clicking your pictures with the help of your front camera and a selfie stick then you may be going through a mental disorder. Selfitis a term coined for this mental disorder was used in a fake news story for the first time but then a detailed research was carried out by a group from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management. Later they confirmed that obsession with taking selfies is an addiction and a mental disorder.

According to the study, the psychologists and researchers concluded that people who are in habit of clicking selfies do this to boost their confidence or their mood, along with other motivations like conforming and social competition. The researchers also concluded that the above disorder points that one can be suffering from a low self-confidence, addictive behaviour and other mental issues. A group of 200 individuals were studied in order to reach this conclusion. The research also points in the direction of Internet addiction.

In the sample size, 34% had borderline selfitis, 40.5% acute and 25.5% chronic. The obsessive selfie-taking was more likely to hit males at 57.5% compared to 42.5 for females. Less surprisingly, the 16-to-20-year-old age group, the youngest in the study, was also the most susceptible. Nine percent took more than eight selfies a day while about 25% shared at least three images on social media every day.

“Typically, those with the condition suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are seeking to ‘fit in’ with those around them and may display symptoms similar to other potentially addictive behaviours,” Dr. Janarthanan Balakrishnan told the New York Post. “Now the existence of the condition appears to have been confirmed, it is hoped that further research will be carried out to understand more about how and why people develop this potentially obsessive behavior and what can be done to help people who are the most affected.”

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