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Have you taken a ‘selfie’ today? You could have a problem

Taken by Bailey Woolum

Taken by Bailey Woolum

How many “selfies” is too many?

Do you take over ten “selfies” a day?

Then you may suffer from what’s being called “selfitis.”

The Adobo Chronicles and Demyx.com claim that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) confirmed that “selfitis” is a mental disorder.

“Selfitis” is reportedly defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social networks to make up for lack of self-esteem.

But is “selfitis” an actual disorder?

Many are reporting that the APA did not actually confirm that “selfitis” is a real disorder.

According to Psych Central, “A news article was recently published that described how the American Psychiatric Association had classified taking too many selfies as a new mental disorder.””The only problem? It wasn’t true.”

Psych Central explains through out their article that many people who reported APA confirming this did not pay attention to the websites they were directed to.

For example, if you read Demyx.com’s article on the topic and click their link to the American Psychiatric Association, you get directed to another site called “Livestrong.com,” instead of APA.

The Adobo Chronicles originally reported:

“The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder.”

“The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. 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.”

But when you go to APA’s website, these words are no where to be found.

If you type in the word “selfie” on APA’s official site, this is what comes up:
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APA has no records of the word “selfie”, or “selfitis” in their data base.

The question is – will “selfies” be considered a disorder in the future?

Based off the evidence, it’s possible but not likely.

So, for all you selfie takers, continue to snap away.