Obsession with taking Selfies is a genuine condition known as Selfitis, experts say. The term was first coined in a spoof news article in 2014 but researchers say the phenomenon may be real.
People obsessed with taking selfies may have a genuine mental health condition known as “selfitis”, researchers have claimed.
The term was first coined in a spoof news article in 2014 which suggested the American Psychiatric Association was considering classifying selfitis as a disorder.
Researchers have now looked into the phenomenon and say their study “validates its existence”.
They examined 400 people from India the country with the most Facebook users and produced a “Selfitis Behaviour Scale” listing factors that provoke the condition.
This included self-confidence, attention seeking and social competition.
The paper, published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, said: “As with internet addiction, the concepts of selfitis and selfie addiction started as a hoax, but recent research including the present paper has begun to empirically validate its existence.”
Researchers say the study, co-written by Dr Mark Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University, will help understanding of “human-computer interaction across mobile electronic devices”.
It also argues selfie-taking may evolve over time as technology advances.