By Grace Vasquez
Before cell phones, I really enjoyed being in photos. People would say, “Grace, you’re so photogenic!” and I’d be, “I am aren’t I?” LOL. Then enter the selfie photo, talk about killing the one thing I thought I had going for myself.
I am not a fan of selfies. I don’t think they are flattering in the least and will only take them if I have to and most of the time it’s work related or another friend is doing the selfie thing. However, I’m sure you know someone, or maybe it’s you, that turns every moment into a selfie-occasion! If so, then this person is suffering from “selftis!”
The term has been around since 2014 but some researchers finally got around to trying to figure out if its a real mental disorder and why. Turns out, it is! Well, duh I could have told them that much.
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management found those who suffer from selfitis “are generally seeking to boost their confidence, seek attention, improve their mood, make memories, conform with their social group and be socially competitive.” Well, file that under DUH!
Okay, so let’s cut to the chase. The research team came up with a quiz of 20 questions to determine if you do indeed suffer from selftis. Here they are:
Answer the following 20 questions on a scale of one to five, where five is strongly agree and one is strongly disagree; add up all of your scores. The higher your score (the highest is 200) the greater the likelihood that you suffer from selfitis. Easy right? I’ll do it with you and I’ll answer honestly. Honestly.
- Taking selfies gives me a good feeling to better enjoy my environment (2)
- Sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues (2)
- I gain enormous attention by sharing my selfies on social media (3)
- I am able to reduce my stress level by taking selfies (1)
- I feel confident when I take a selfie (1)
- I gain more acceptance among my peer group when I take selfies and share them on social media (2)
- I am able to express myself more in my environment through selfies (1)
- Taking different selfie poses helps increase my social status (1)
- I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media (2)
- Taking more selfies improves my mood and makes me feel happy (1)
- I become more positive about myself when I take selfies (is zero an option? ugh, 1)
- I become a strong member of my peer group through selfie postings (1)
- Taking selfies provides better memories about the occasion and the experience (4)
- I post frequent selfies to get more ‘likes’ and comments on social media (3)
- By posting selfies, I expect my friends to appraise me (2)
- Taking selfies instantly modifies my mood (1)
- I take more selfies and look at them privately to increase my confidence (2)
- When I don’t take selfies, I feel detached from my peer group (1)
- I take selfies as trophies for future memories (2)
- I use photo editing tools to enhance my selfie to look better than others (well duh, lol, 1)
So clearly I did not reach anywhere near the 200 score threshhold of being a “selftis” which is wierd because I do like being in photos. Now what I don’t like is having to take them myself ala selfie. I think for me selfies feel too narcissitic unlike, you know, just wanting to be in photos! Ha! Sarcasm.
Whether you like to do the selfie thing or just like being in pictures, if it’s not harming anyone what’s the big deal. Click away!