Selfitis: Would Be A Mental Disorder According To A New Study

If you took up to three selfies today, you ought to consider yourself crazy. At least, in the eyes of the American Psychiatric Association...

If you took up to three selfies today, you ought to consider yourself crazy. At least, in the eyes of the American Psychiatric Association and countless studies, which trigger a global movement to recognize that self-reliance may be indicative of a mental disorder. It never seems worrying until you browse an endless list of selfies of a person on Instagram - and even then it could be funnier than worrying.

Selfies would be a mental disorder, according to one study.

You probably know the story of Danny Bowman, a 19-year-old British teenager, who illustrates the worst scenario of a self-addiction, a living proof that a new vice might emerge. How obsessed was he with his obsession? He took more than 200 photos a day, he did not leave his house for six months, during which he lost 12 kg and dropped out of school.

Increasingly frustrated by his inability to capture the perfect selfie, he eventually tried to commit suicide. Fortunately, just like his attempts to get a perfect picture, he failed.

Recently, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has actually confirmed that taking selfies was a mental disorder, going so far as to qualify the condition "Selfitis". The APA defines it as "the obsessive compulsive desire to take a picture and post it on social media to compensate for the lack of self-esteem and to overcome the lack of privacy", and categorized it as three levels: limit, intense and chronic.

How is your Selfitis extreme?
If you find yourself taking three selfies a day but do not post them on social media, consider yourself limited.

If you publish at least three images of yourself a day, it's intense.

Finally, if you feel an uncontrollable desire to take and publish up to six photos a day, there you are insanity of mind.

Danny was in the third category, maybe even deserving his own level of selfie madness.

"I was always looking for a perfect selfie and when I realized I could not take it, I wanted to die. I lost friends, education, health and almost my life, "he told the UK Mirror.

What can we learn from Danny? Well, for starters, we live in a society that is constantly in the infinite pursuit of superficial perfection that can never be attained? We live in a world where people are dependent on plastic surgeries and countless forms of body enhancement. We are currently on the verge of madness, if we have not already passed.

The solution ? Treatment that minimizes exposure to addiction and eventually eliminates it. We must learn to live outside the virtual world and eradicate digital narcissism, as impossible as it may seem, to live with social media rather than live through social media.

Is it really so difficult to put the phone aside and not touch it for at least an hour? Is it really important to share with the rest of the world all the details of your daily life? Does not privacy have any value nowadays?

Speaking about the real craze we take to selfies, actor Benedict Cumberbatch sums it up as follows: "What a tragic loss of commitment. Enjoy the moment. Do something more interesting, anything. Look out the window, for example, and think of life. "

So, if you find yourself capturing your life through the lens of your camera, add a new perspective. Work to minimize your presence on social media, enjoy the best moments of life without having to ask for approval or comments from others. Live your own life quietly, do not live for others.
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