It started as a joke name mocking the obsessed — until scientific studies confirmed it as a real disorder.
You know those people who can’t go 10 minutes without snapping a picture — usually with themselves in the frame? The ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ crowd?
You may have been joking about them being mentally unstable.
But science is now backing up that joke.
There’s a scale to objectively measure it and everything.
‘Selfitis’ – or the obsessive taking of selfies – appears to be a genuine mental condition, research has suggested.
And now psychologists have devised a test which you can take to see where you fit on the ‘selfitis’ scale.
The term was first coined in 2014 as part of a spoof news article claiming selfitis was to be deemed a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.
Following this, researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management in Madurai, India, investigated whether there was any truth in the phenomenon.
After confirming that ‘selfitis’ does indeed exist, they tested out a framework for assessing its severity on volunteers. They say there are three categories – ‘borderline’, ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’.
Not sure if that scale says anything about taking a selfie at a funeral.
Strange how Joe and Mika pick out the President who isn’t seen holding a phone up for a selfie as ‘mentally unbalanced’.
Here’s the test they came up with.
And for those who have better things to spend their day doing that trying to get that perfect selfie pose…
Here’s a shirt for real men (and women, too):
Why be average? It’s so overrated.
Everyone does that.
If you don’t think so, add some more meat to your diet and read this while you wait for your steak to grill:
by Doug Giles
Doug Giles, best-selling author of Raising Righteous And Rowdy Girls and Editor-In-Chief of the mega-blog, ClashDaily.com, has just penned a book he guarantees will kick hipster males into the rarefied air of masculinity. That is, if the man-child will put down his frappuccino; shut the hell up and listen and obey everything he instructs them to do in his timely and tornadic tome. Buy Now:The Effeminization Of The American Male