Suffering from Selfitis? – Alvina Clara, May 21, 2016

Selfie-addiction is no laughing matter. It is a serious concern that can create more harm than perceived with precarious patterns of attention craving. The disorder is termed ‘selfitis’, an  obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to compensate for the lack of self-esteem and to plug a gap in intimacy.

Selfies could be a means of self-expression, originating from the human need for visibility and appreciation. But now with social media becoming an inevitable part of our everyday lives, there have been many cases of self-obsession gone terribly wrong.

Experts concur that individuals who frequently post their selfies may be suffering from underlying low self-esteem or an attention-deficit disorder. Inexorably uploading pictures of oneself while sitting, eating, sleeping, travelling and driving are gradually turning into an addictive pass-time. Manifestly narcissistic, this sort of photo-taking and sharing has become a contemptible phenomenon. The disorder is rather contagious and can rope you into it pretty soon. And once, the hankering for attention creeps in, it won’t go away anytime soon.

The way out

The only hope is to drastically shift from being dependent on approval from others to having an independent assessment of your self-worth.

Instead of trying to get connection, power, and sense of worth from how many people like your photos, find a different way that puts you in control of your thoughts and feelings. Discover your experience of personal power by confronting your fears and challenging yourself.

Cushion and uplift your sense of self-worth by helping those who have less than you.
Expend more time with family and friends; disregard the notion of virtual friends, you need authentic ones. Experience the connectivity and closeness by forming deep, genuine, connections with people.

The solution is not merely to discontinue taking selfies and posting them online, rather to fill those desires in other ways so that you no longer crave anything from selfies and their significance automatically dwindles. Simple.