Dec 17, 2017

Daily Mail | Dec 15, 2017 | 'Selfitis' is a genuine mental disorder: Psychologists have created a behaviour test to decide whether those who post pictures on social media need help, so how do YOU score? |

Researchers devised a test so you can find out if you have 'borderline', 'acute' or 'chronic' selfitis (stock image)

  • Term was first coined in 2014 as part of a spoof article claiming selfitis was to be deemed a mental disorder
  • Now researchers from the UK and India have confirmed that ‘selfitis’ does exist
  • There are three categories – borderline, acute and chronic, they say


Read the the statements below and for each one give yourself a rating of 1 to 5, where 5 is strongly agree, and 1 is strongly disagree.

The scores are as follows:

0-33 Borderline

34-67 Acute

68-100 Chronic 

  1. Taking selfies gives me a good feeling to better enjoy my environment
  2. Sharing my selfies creates healthy competition with my friends and colleagues
  3. I gain enormous attention by sharing my selfies on social media
  4. I am able to reduce my stress level by taking selfies
  5. I feel confident when I take a selfie
  6. I gain more acceptance among my peer group when I take selfies and share them on social media
  7. I am able to express myself more in my environment through selfies
  8. Taking different selfie poses helps increase my social status
  9. I feel more popular when I post my selfies on social media
  10. Taking more selfies improves my mood and makes me feel happy
  11. I become more positive about myself when I take selfies
  12. I become a strong member of my peer group through selfie postings
  13. Taking selfies provides better memories about the occasion and the experience
  14. I post frequent selfies to get more ‘likes’ and comments on social media
  15. By posting selfies, I expect my friends to appraise me
  16. Taking selfies instantly modifies my mood
  17. I take more selfies and look at them privately to increase my confidence
  18. When I don’t take selfies, I feel detached from my peer group
  19. I take selfies as trophies for future memories
  20. I use photo editing tools to enhance my selfie to look better than others

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