Posting selfies on social media? It could be Selfitis!

Selfitis is nothing but a pathological obsession with selfies, medical experts say, adding that individuals who post selfies for validation by others could be suffering from depression and low self-esteem, among other mental issues.

Of late, even medical portals have started to talk about the new brand of mental disease. “Selfitis is a term coined to describe the cultural habit of taking an overabundance of photos of oneself and posting them on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media sites," says Healthline.

It was in the year 2017 or so that the topic gained ground. In an article, Forbes once distinguished between three types of Selfitis: Borderline selfitis, Acute selfitis, and Chronic selfitis. Social competition, attention-seeking, mood modification, and subjective conformity are among the factors driving the tendency to post too many selfies on social media, the Forbes essay explained.

Then there are those who argue that showing off constantly is a "desire driven by the evolution of the basic primate behaviour in search of validation mainly from the opposite sex," writes Rana Kumbha, a Twitter user. Perhaps, rationalising a mental disorder is also part of some disorder?

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