“I take 200 selfies a day”: when can one speak of “selfitis”, the constant obsession to take pictures of oneself?

“I take 200 selfies a day”: when can one speak of “selfitis”, the constant obsession to take pictures of oneself?


Junaid Ahmed has 50,000 followers on Instagram and admits he is a selfiesaddict .

The 22-year-old Briton takes about 200 pictures of himself every day.

He carefully selects the time at which he posts the selfies on social networks, with the intention of getting more “likes”. If you have less than 600 likes , delete it.

“When I publish a photo, during the first minute or two, I reach about 100” I like. “That fascinates me, my phone goes crazy, it’s incredible, ” he tells.

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A recent study – which was published in November of 2017 in the medical journal International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction – suggests that obsession with selfies can be defined as a disorder called “selfitis . 

The urge to take photos of oneself and post them on social media six times a day or more reveals a “chronic selfitis,” according to the study’s authors, two researchers from Nottingham Trent University, in the United Kingdom, and the Business School of Thiagarajar, in India.


What is “selfitis”?

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  • The obsessive compulsive desire to take photos and post them on social networks.
  • It responds to a way of compensating for the lack of self-esteem and filling a gap in privacy.
  • It can be dangerous when sufferers show symptoms similar to other potentially addictive behaviors.
  • Factors analyzed: improvement of the environment, social competition, search for attention, mood swings, self-confidence and social conformity.

Source: Janarthanan Balakrishnan and Mark D. Griffiths, authors of “Selfitis and the development of the scale of self-behavior”, November 2017 .


Ahmed says that his need to take selfies can cause problems with his loved ones.

“They ask me: ‘You can not go out to eat without take a picture?'” .

“And I answer: ‘No, I did not manage for three hours at all, why do not I go take a picture?'”

Ahmed says that negative comments about his photos do not affect him anymore.

However, he states that some facial repairs were made because of the pressure he feels to have a certain appearance.

“Years ago I did not see myself like that, it used to be quite natural, but I think that the obsession with social networks made me want to improve myself, ” she admits.

“I put on dental lining, I filled my chin, my cheeks, my jaw, my lips and I put Botoxon the lower part of my eyes and on my head, I also got my eyebrows tattooed and I did cryolipolysis (a dermatological procedure invasive to eliminate body fat by applying cold) “.

Junaid recognizes that Botox was placed on several areas of the face to "improve" its appearance.  (Photo: Junaid Ahmed)
Image caption Junaid recognizes that Botox was placed on several areas of the face to “improve” its appearance. (Photo: Junaid Ahmed)

Ahmed, who lives in Essex, United Kingdom, says he is aware of the negative effect that social networks can have, but he does not take it very seriously.

“What you see on social networks is not true,” he says.

“It’s fun to use them in the right way, but not to let it affect you in your life just because you aspire to be what someone is on Instagram … It’s not worth it,” he says.


“I wanted to fit in”

Danny Bowman, 23, was obsessed with posting photos of himself on social media when he was a teenager. But now he has a very different vision.

“I wanted to fit in and I thought the best way to do it was to see myself well,” he tells.

He took selfies and analyzed faults-which he always found-from different angles. The process, he says, became a “vicious circle” .

Danny Bowman  (Photo: Danny Bowman)
Image captionDanny Bowman took hundreds of selfies when he was 15 years old. (Photo: Danny Bowman)

“I went around and around, I spent up to ten hours a day in front of the mirror taking those pictures, day after day,” he confesses.

But the problem turned into something very serious when he tried to commit suicide at the age of 16 .

He went to rehabilitation and was diagnosed with body dysmorphia. He believes that social networks had a lot to do with that.

Bowman now goes to college and also helps by helping young people with mental health problems.

Danny Bowman  (Photo: Danny Bowman)
Image captionNow helps young people with mental health problems. (Photo: Danny Bowman)

“I remember lying on the bed and thinking, ‘How am I going to get out of this?’ I felt like there was no escape . “

The Royal Society for Public Health of the United Kingdom (RSPH) recommended to the government of the country to introduce warnings on the cell phone each time a person spends more than two hours on the internet using social networks, after Do researched on how they affect young people.

“We know that depression and anxiety are fed by social networks,” Shirley Cramer, the agency’s executive director.

Bowman says he has changed his attitude: “The photos I post now on Instagram are no longer selfies, I’m on photos where I appear talking to other people or giving speeches.”

“That’s much more comforting to me than posting selfies and pleading and waiting for a ‘like’ number.”

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