It's Not A Myth: Selfitis Is A Disease!

convergence image selfie selfitis Mar 20, 2020

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 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.

But it won't kill me... don't count on it. According to a 2018 BBC article, 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect picture. The quest for extreme selfies killed 259 people between 2011 and 2017, a 2018 global study has revealed.

Researchers at the US National Library of Medicine recommend that 'no selfie zones' should be introduced at dangerous spots to reduce deaths.