Mental disorders of selfitis exist in the age of 16-20 years

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At first, the word Selfitis is used in false news. However, it does not stop psychologists from doing research whether someone is indeed probably obsessed with taking selfie.

A group of psychologists from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management have recently confirmed that selfitis is real. It is a mental disorder that makes one obsessed with taking selfie. Reports related to selfitis are uploaded to the International Journal of Mental Health Addiction.


According to the researchers, people who suffer from selfitis use selfie in order to increase self-confidence. In addition, they have other motivations such as social competition or following trends. The researchers say, taking selfie can be an addiction that be a sign of other mental health problems, such as low self-esteem.

The researchers also studied 200 people in the country that has the highest mortality rate due to selfie, India. In that study, taking selfie is continuously attributed to six reasons, ranging from seeking attention to trying to make beautiful memories.

As many as 34 percent of study participants had mild selfitis, while 40.5 percent had acute stage selfitis and 25.5 percent had chronic selfitis. The obsession for taking a selfie is more likely to be maligned by men (57.5 percent) than women (42.5 percent).

People in the 16-20 year age range are the most susceptible to selfitis. A total of nine percent took more than eight selfies each day, and 25 percent uploaded at least three photos to social media every day.

The researchers also pointed out that other research can be done to find out the relationship between age and residence with susceptibility to selfitis to collect more complete data.

"Usually, people are inferior and try to adjust to those around them and may show symptoms similar to other addictions," said Dr. Janarthanan Balakrishnan. 

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