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‘Selfitis’: what is photo addiction?

To be made selfies It is already an everyday gesture for many people and something increasingly common on social networks such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tinder or Snapchat, among others. A type of selfie that has become the authentic representation of our time, but what if this gesture were taken to obsession?

This is precisely what, according to information that has recently circulated on the web, a team from Nottingham Trent University and the Thiagarajar School of Management (in India) proposed to study. The conclusion of this supposed study? Excessive taking of selfies per day could hide a great lack of self-esteem in the person who performs them and a true addiction that is increasingly common in our century, baptized as selfitis.

What is really known as selfitis?

As we have told you, taking selfies or selfies For many people it borders on obsession. More and more people decide to dedicate a large part of their day and life to taking photos of themselves. A practice also closely associated with the search for likes on social networks, where they often decide to share these photographs.

But could we then speak of a true addiction to selfies or a psychological disorder? What would then be the healthy daily limit for taking this type of photographs?

The truth is that there are several hypotheses and information on the matter and psychologists and experts have not yet reached a consensus on this issue. For several years this trend of becoming selfies exaggeratedly, it became known as selfitisspecifically as a result of a news article published in March 2014 that circulated on the web and which considered this as a new mental disorder.

In this article it was stated that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) had determined the selfitis and that this was a way of compensate for the lack of self-esteem and fill a void in the person’s privacy.

According to this study, the selfitis could be classified into three supposed levels (borderline, acute or chronic). Borderline disorder would be people who get selfies at least three times a day, but they do not publish them on social networks; while the acute or chronic level would include people who need to raise selfies to social networks between 3 and 6 times a day.

But nothing could be further from the truth, in fact it was proven that this information was a hoax and that this association had not provided similar information or study.

Could you hide the addiction to get out selfies other problems?

Even though it is a hoax, the truth is that its information made several experts interested in seeing what could be hiding behind this excessive addiction to selfies. Some of these specialists and studies associated this addiction to selfies with excessive concern about some “defect” or imperfection that the person sees in his own physique.

Another study carried out in the United States also associated a relationship between people with depression and the most active people on social networks through these selfies. Another revealing piece of information that could also be linked to each person’s own self-esteem is the survey carried out by the Spanish Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (SECPRE), which revealed that one in ten people who think about undergoing cosmetic surgery do so influenced by selfies.

The same survey reveals that there are specifically four facial procedures that are in the top 10 of the most requested: blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty or nose surgery, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and lifting facial.

Could this selfie fever then indicate that something is wrong with the person? The reality of all this is that we live in a society in which the importance of image and aesthetics prevails. A society obsessed with the image of themselves that is projected towards others and that, far from being a psychological problem or a disorder, It could simply indicate a symptom of need for acceptance and in some cases also low self-esteem.

As for the healthy or unhealthy limit of taking selfies? This can only be determined by the interference that this selfie taking poses to the daily activities and daily life of that person.

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