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‘Selfie’ addiction leads to mental issues, say Delhi docs

‘Selfie’ addiction leads to mental issues, say Delhi docs
Oxford officially announced ‘Selfie’ the word of the year in 2013. Selfies are often shared on social networking sites. ‘They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera (mobile phone or digital camera) held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer,’ said Anita, a selfie lover.

According to the recent studies, selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependency. The addiction to selfies has also alarmed health professionals.

‘The disorder is called ‘selfitis’, and is defined 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,’ a report says.

‘People are living in virtual world these days and that is inturn harming the mental balance along with social and occupational functioning. Selfitis is addictive and it could lead to depression and anxiety,’ said Dr Arti Anand, consultant clinical physcologist at Ganga Ram hospital.

She further added that clicking too many selfie could generate more mental issues in the future, especially those related to lack of confidence.

‘People pay close attention to photos on social networking sites to keep a tab on who sees or likes or comments on them. Hoping to get the maximum likes is one of the symptoms that ‘selfies’ are causing problems,’ she said.

These days, the smartphones are being on the basis of its ‘selfie’ camera, earlier known as front cam.

After selfies became popular, a selfie stick was also attached with the mobile accessories to click individual or group photograph from a distance that could capture more background.

The doctors add that there is no cure to the addiction. ‘Currently there is no cure for the disorder. Though the only possible solution is to stop clicking too many selfies and refrain from uploading it on social networking sites,’ the doctor added.

Chayanika Nigam

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