The Selfie Syndrome

Monday, February 16, 2015
The Selfie Syndrome

Life has become instaFAST, instaPRESSURED, instaINSANE, instaLONELY….  And to top it all off, we have become bombarded with the infamous instaSELFIE!


Long, long ago, in a faraway land, people use to gather around to pose for a group photo with a flash in their eye, and someone else’s finger doing the clicking. What a strange notion to the current generation! Nowadays, we are smothered with pictures of family, friends, and strangers all posing in front of their phones, taking what has been conveniently coined as the “SELFIE” and posting it on social media outlets.


Is taking a “selfie” a normal occurrence in the digital social era? Apparently not!


According to the American Psychiatric Association, taking a selfie is a mental disorder broken down into three categories:


Borderline Selfitis: Taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media.


Acute Selfitis: Taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media.


Chronic Selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting them on social media more than six times a day.


This disorder isn’t curable yet… so before becoming a statistic and falling into one of the mentioned categories, why don’t we all attempt to control ourselves, and the endless selfies, rather than allowing the selfies to control us? Wouldn’t life be grand if it was all about instaBOOKS, instaMUSIC, instaNATURE, instaFRIENDS, instaFAMILY, and instaINTERACTION? If we don’t turn our lives around very soon, we will clearly reach a fatal level of solitary where we end up talking only to ourselves!


Selbie hal selfie… but with moderation!

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