The obsessive taking of selfies is now a real mental disorder and it's called 'Selfitis'


It was all fun and games until... the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction classified the obsessive taking of selfies as a real mental illness and it's even got a name: "selfitis".

The funny thing is that just a few years back, in 2014, a hoax claimed that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) had coined 'selfitis' as a new mental disorder. It was all fake news then, but it is real now. The research that brings this new mental disorder into focus is authored by Janarthanan Balakrishnan of the Thiagarajar School of Management in Madura, India, and Mark D. Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, UK.

The study establishes a Selfitis Behavior Scale (SBS) that puts people obsessively taking selfies in different categories, depending on the severity of their 'condition'. Here is a complete breakdown of the classification:


225 students from India were then examined in the study and classified in three groups of selfie takers: those with borderline, acute, and chronic 'selfitis'. It might sound funny, but this study actually found that 9% of the participants took over 8 selfies per day and 25% shared three or more of them on social media.


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3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Social media should be classified as a drug next! Seriously I know people that would literally go crazy without their daily fix of FB and Snapchat smh.

6. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I know somebody who take at least 10 selfies a day for instagram. Gonna share this to him, see if he'll admit that something's wrong with him.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yep that guy has a problem. Being a guy I would say he had a problem if he uploaded one photo a day lol but 10, that is more than some girls I know who are also obsessed with selfies.

28. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Why. We all have FB and Instagram friends who are always taking pictures of themselves. The word is stupid, because there is already a word coined for such behavior. It's called Narrcicism. I hate taking pictures. I don't see people's obsession with always mewing to take one of themselves. We don't need to keep making up names for things people do that are stupid and pointless.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think I have this.

11. Peacetoall unregistered

Darkk no. lol I thought only girls were obsessed with selfies

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Girls who take selfies are vain, guys who take selfies are megalomaniacs.

14. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You're too general. You like seeing instagram with gray profile pictures?

9. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Oppo users :3

17. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Phone Arena it Madurai and not Madura

18. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Some bogus doctors say something & people accept it without questioning its mediocrity. Seriously?? -itis normally refers to inflammations. These guys just using selfitis to make it sound like something related to medicine/disease. If it actually boost the confidence & makes someone feel better, then selfies instead help with the mental health.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What about those people that have died because they just had to take a selfie, do you know what kind of people risk their life for stupid s**t? Addicts that's who and last time I checked addiction was a disease that isn't always related to substance abuse, addiction is caused by a mental disorder that you can actually be born with. My point is, people with this so called "Selfitis" are simply people who are addicted to taking selfies and their for do have a disease that is recognized by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association!

24. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't know about that. I in no way claim to be a mental expert but it seems to me that we keep classifying more and more vain, rude, inappropriate and unlawful behavior as mental illness instead of having people take responsibility for their action. People seem to want to blame some form of illness for actions they know are harmful to themselves and others they all want to be victims. Don't get me wrong there are real mental illness such as chemical imbalances, traumatic brain injuries and Brain diseases that impair judgment or even reality for some. But aside from these cases why should we not hold people responsible for what action or judgment they make? Should a serial murder be able to say I have muderitis, or a constanly cheating spouse say I have adulterritis? In fact should we medicate and over medicate people for just about every ill decision and judgment they make? As you pointed out people die from doing this stuff. But didn't they know what they were doing? Remember the article about that beautiful young lady that fell out the window for a selfie. Did she have a Mental disease or did she make a bad judgment call and suffer the consequences? How about those who took selfies with a venomous snake? Mental Diseases or bad judgment calls that pay the natural consequence? I really have my doubts about calling bad judgment or ill behavior as mental issues. Maybe I am wrong on this maybe someone else has some insight.

29. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Thank you. Someone with some common freaking sense. You sir for me win the post of 2017...PERIOD. Everyone wants to label someone something. Itbisnt a medical disorder. These are just idiots who must see themselves all the time. The same people who can literally spend hours in a mirror. I dropped friends from FB and why I hate sites like Instagram, which encourage people to be vain. Also, on Wiki, they have listed all the terrible ways people trying to pose and video themselves have killed themselves. Like a guy who likes to hang from roofs of tall buildings, fell to his death. Idiots who die doing something stupid, don't deserve to be labelled anything other than stupid and idiotic and they got what they asked for.

23. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Wrong. It's an ineffective means of coping with social and emotional deficits. It's not helpful. It fosters vanity instead of personality and character, which fortify a person against the hardships of life.

25. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The selfie crazy is begining to kill people. Won't be long before selfies start to more people than heroin...but hey...if it feels good...

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Always found it appropriate that selfies sounded almost identical to selfish.

30. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I = selfish. Which is what is wrong with naming things with such. Yes it is selfish! Series are all about you. Notice females are generally the ones who do this the most. What's a female number one trait? Selfishness!

31. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The suffix "-itis" means "inflammation". Like swelling or a rash or something. "Selfitis" makes no sense.

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