Taking selfies isn’t just an annoyingly vain habit anymore – according to new research it could also be the first sign of something altogether more concerning.
We are living through the age of the selfie, when any self-respecting social media “personality” worth their salt spends the majority of their waking day taking pictures of themselves doing things.
But now research reported by The Sun has revealed that this annoying habit could actually be the sign of something called “Selfitis.”
A concept first coined by researchers from Nottingham Trent University and the Thiagarajar School of Management, Selfitis refers to any individual who constantly takes pictures of themselves.
According to the research, Selfitis sufferers do this in a bid to boost confidence, get attention, improve their mood, conform to a particular social circle, be socially competitive or to simply make memories.
Using these six factors, researchers from The Thiagarajar School in India were able to develop a Selfitis Behaviour Scale based on a survey of 200 people to help determine how bad a person’s might suffer from this newly-coined condition.
The Sun then published A Selfitis Quiz to test out the theory. Simply answer each of the following questions on a scale of one to five, with five meaning you strongly agree and one meaning you don’t at all.
Here’s the quiz:
1. Taking selfies gives me a good feeling to better enjoy my environment
2. Sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues
3. I gain enormous attention by sharing my selfies on social media
4. I am able to reduce my stress level by taking selfies
5. I feel confident when I take a selfie
6. I gain more acceptance among my peer group when I take selfies and share them on social media
7. I am able to express myself more in my environment through selfies
8. Taking different selfie poses helps increase my social status
9. I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media
10. Taking more selfies improves my mood and makes me feel happy
11. I become more positive about myself when I take selfies
12. I become a strong member of my peer group through selfie postings
13. Taking selfies provides better memories about the occasion and the experience
14. I post frequent selfies to get more ‘likes’ and comments on social media
15. By posting selfies, I expect my friends to appraise me
16. Taking selfies instantly modifies my mood
17. I take more selfies and look at them privately to increase my confidence
18. When I don’t take selfies, I feel detached from my peer group
19. I take selfies as trophies for future memories
20. I use photo editing tools to enhance my selfie to look better than others
If you find yourself scoring over 100, you may want to take stock of your life and why you might be taking so many selfies. Then again, you may just want to take a few more selfies.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.