The APA defined selfitis as, “the obsessive-compulsive disorder to take photos of one’s self and post them on the social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap of intimacy, and has been categorized into three levels: borderline, acute and chronic”. Glancing into these categorizations further, if you’re taking up to three selfies a day but not posting them on social media, consider yourself borderline. If you’re posting at least three selfies of yourself on social media, think yourself as an acute. And if you’re experiencing an uncontrollable urge to take up and post up to six photos a day, well, congratulations, you have chronic selfitis.
We live in a society that is triggered by an infinite pursuit of superficial perfection that can never be attained entirely. In a world, where people are inclined towards undergoing plastic surgeries and body enhancements in an attempt to be an appropriate convulsion in the society, foregoing things like knowledge and experience in their sole focus on living life to its fullest may seem a bit too idealistic. Showing off our first home cooked meal, debuting a new haircut, boasting our monthly progress at the gym, selfie-takers measure the social acceptance by the number of 'Likes' these photos receive.
Washington Post, most numbers of selfie deaths in the world have occurred in India. For instance, the sad demise of 16 year old Dinesh Kumar who wanted to take a selfie next to a speeding train or the death of the three young girls who were swept into the Arabian Sea while taking selfies in Bandstand in Bandra, prompting the Mumbai police to identify 16 “non-selfie zones’ across the city; are indicators of how the selfie craze has moved to a dangerous level. Then there are people who treat selfies as an exuberant wonder and actually transform it into a mockery. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan recently said that "he was disgusted at the insensibility of young fans who surrounded him and started clicking selfies while he was attending the cremation of a friend". A young medical student in Mexico took a smiling selfie next to a seriously ill elderly woman lying on the bed.
I am aware of the fact that especially in regards to us, the millennial generation, phone addiction is a thing. But, now the selfie addiction and that too, to the extent of a disorder has completely blown me away. Maybe in the attempt of enjoying our lives to the fullest, we are losing our perspectives. Maybe we are totally wasting our times in wishful engagements, instead of doing something worthwhile. Maybe, it’s time to ponder upon ourselves, as being selfie maniacs or as individuals who don’t seek approvals and commentaries from others to live a happy life.
Written by Chhavi Minhas
“A free spirit, dreamer and admirer of this puzzle called life”