Does selfie-addiction imparts a psychological disorder?

Isn’t it funny when you think you are normal, snapping ‘selfies’ every day and uploading lots on every social media?

A rise in selfie-addiction disorders has been identified with the advancement of technologies over time. You might not notice, but you are undergoing changes in your behavior and perception if your day doesn’t end without a selfie. There has been a significant transformation in the trends due to this fast-paced world of ever-changing technologies causing selfie-addiction to become a worldwide change for all the generations of the society.

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But which direction is the change adopting?

Here are some survey reports from the recent years that depict the evolution and emergence of this trend and its consequences at the same time.

The selfie-addiction oriented culture furbished the civilization in the early 2010s when iPhone 4 entered the market with a front-facing camera allowing everyone to take a selfie in a refreshed and interesting way, especially for the younger generation. The selfie trend hit Instagram when Jennifer Lee (business coach) coined it as a hashtag over there (#selfie). Although selfies were discovered long before, they gained popularity among all generations and earned itself a spot in the top 10 “buzzwords” in 2012.

 

‘Selfie’ was declared as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013, embracing the influence of which on our youth and evidently a portion of the older generation as well. Facebook became the most relevant platform for the two-thirds of the Australian women aged 18-35 to post their selfie on. Moreover, 30% of the photos taken by the people aged 18-24 comprised of selfies.

According to Google reports, 24 billion selfies were uploaded on their platform in the year 2015. People are desperate to gain popularity on the social media, hunting for ways to promote their weird selfies. Narcissism is a most acknowledged consequence of these actions causing us to turn against each other. Judging ourselves on the basis of our Facebook and Instagram profiles now, aren’t we? Do we really need to live in this virtual reality?

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, many psychiatrists claimed to have seen a rise in the number of parents coming with complaints regarding their children clicking the excessive amount of selfies and reacting impatiently and compulsively when told to keep a hold on these actions. A recent study on school students also revealed that 55% selfie-takers are self-obsessed or insecure and a majority of the selfie addiction struck people were girls seeking attention all the time.

Speaking to the youth, do you really intend to spend this valuable life on your phone pouting all day? Do you really need anyone’s approval for anything in the virtual world?

Deaths caused due to ‘selfies’

Did anyone know that even a ‘selfie’ could take anyone’s life? It was completely unimaginable and nobody even gave it a thought. Well, here we are with tons of instances from around the world that everyone needs to be aware of.

In 2015, the highest number of deaths were recorded in India known to be somewhere around 54 while taking selfies. The ‘selfie danger’ areas were to be identified and barricaded since then, being the first attempt of the country to reduce and eradicate ‘selfie deaths’ eventually.

A 21-year-old engineering student didn’t see it coming when he was busy clicking a selfie and a speeding train hit him, recorded on 1st January 2017 in Tamil Nadu, India. Besides that, 20 cases have already been registered in 2017 regarding the deaths due to a selfie-addiction.

The most recent incident involves four undergraduate students in Nigeria trying to click a selfie in a canoe while boating on a campus pond. Only two survived, while the other two managed to reach back to the shore.  Are selfies really that important? Even if they are, the next question – Are they worth it? The funny thing is that selfies are killing people more than sharks are.

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People seem to be losing that natural gift of common sense and instinct that allows them to sense danger and protect themselves and the diversity around them. Certain instances and occurrences are implying that self-obsession, tetchy, compulsive and self-centered behavior, seeking attention all the time, increased loneliness, are some of the symptoms as well as the eventual causes of this so-called ‘selfie mental disorder’.

Furthermore, the American psychiatric association(APA) has found a perfect term for this psychological disorder of clicking selfies called ‘Selfitis’. Don’t worry selfie-takers, this has not been given an official status yet, but given the current scenario, we can be pretty sure that it will be, in the near future.

Well, we can conclude that people haven’t really been able to segregate the positive and negative aspects of the selfie trend that seems to be getting a little out of hand. Researchers still need to confirm whether this is a mental disorder or a mere fad.

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Post Author: Sanchit Gogia