Selfies have been linked to mental health conditions involved with a person’s obsession with the way that they look. The self-portrait photo taken with a camera phone seems to be an addiction for a lot of young people and the long-term effects that this obsession is having on their brains may not be positive.
Research has shown that individuals with higher narcissistic personality traits tend to post more selfies on social media. Editing a selfie before posting it is a sign of even greater narcissism.
Narcissistic individuals need admiration to function. Posting a selfie allows them to get this admiration by way of likes and comments. This sort of admiration is incredibly misleading due to the disingenuous nature of social media. That doesn’t stop it from going to a narcissist’s head, of course.
Recently, the American Psychiatric Association actually confirmed that taking selfies is a mental disorder, going as far as to term the condition “selfitis”.Lissette Padilla and Mark Sovel discuss.the impact that selfies are having on today’s society, in this clip from the Lip News.
The APA has defines it as: “the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy”, and has categorized it into three levels: borderline, acute, and chronic.