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Are Selfies Linked to Mental Ailments?

The term “selfie” is derived from the word “self.” It is a slang used every time someone takes pictures of themselves. Taking selfies has become as common as eating food or drinking water nowadays. Social media sites are nearly always full with people uploading selfies to do with even the least important events of their day. However, recent developments made by psychiatrists around the world, particularly those associated with the American Psychiatrist Association (APA), have shown that selfies are linked with mental disorders. These included addiction, unnecessary consciousness about one’s looks and increased levels of frustration.

The Psychology Of Selfies

Addiction to selfies often goes unnoticed as people do not pay much attention towards their peculiar habit of taking photos of themselves all day along. Many psychiatrists have stated that anyone who takes at least three selfies daily is a selfie addict. According to them, this addiction can be an indication of an underlying mental disorder. Many reasons why people continually take their own pictures is to achieve what they call “The Perfect Selfie.” At times, this perfect image is not achieved and such people tend to get irritated and frustrated due to this repetitive failure. This ultimately results in increased frustration which, in turn, contributes to depression and stress. Such mental conditions are often found among selfie addicts. An example of this is when a British teen tried to commit suicide just because he could not capture the perfect selfie? This gives a clear demonstration of the depression and frustration attached with the idea of capturing the perfect photo. Although his case was quite extreme, there are innumerable instances of people belonging to all age groups trying to compete with their friends and family in getting better selfies. How do you know that one selfie is better than another? Well, according to addicts, it is the popularity the selfie brings to its owner. In the case of social media sites such as Facebook, the number of “Likes” the photo gets are compared. Such obsession with selfies only rises with increasing competition. It may lead to increased consciousness about one’s appearance, which is another disorder of the mind. People who are too concerned with the minutest details of their selfies, including the angle, the brightness, their own expressions, clothes and much more, are said to be highly self-conscious. According to many doctors, people who have developed this habit of competing for “Likes” or worrying more than required about their selfies are likely to develop mental issues particularly those to do with lack of confidence.

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