People Who Take Tons Of Selfies May Have A Mental Disorder

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Um, yikes?

You wake up, and before your eyes even adjust to the brightness of the day, you take a selfie. Then, you roll out of bed and take one in the bathroom.

Your day won't officially start until you've taken a picture of your breakfast, of you on the treadmill, and your outfit of the day. And that's all before noon. You've posted all your selfies to Instagram, Facebook, and even managed to get a few SnapChats.

The American Psychiatric Association has classified addiction to selfies as a mental disorder called selfitis, defined as "the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one's self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy."

You're beginning to panic that you're going insane, even as you reach for your phone to document your anxiety. Before you completely breakdown, you should know that there is no selfitis, and it was all a hoax.

Why were so many people freaking out about their constant selfie taking? The culprit to this wide-spread, self-portrait panic was a fake news article that was published in the Adobo Chronicles (The Philippines version of The Onion).

People read the article, failed to pick up on the satire, and shared it. No one seemed to question the validity of the information, and suddenly selfie addiction was a class-A mental illness.

Is too much selfie taking obnoxious? Yes. Is an over-abundance of selfie-taking narcissistic? Definitely. Should you always been aware of your surroundings so you don't get yourself hurt or killed when trying to get the perfect shot? Absolutely.

This isn't to say that selfie addiction may not someday become classified as a mental disorder, but as of now it isn't one. Let the false diagnosis of selfitis be a wakeup call, and from now on, take and share your selfies responsibly.

Remember: even the Kardashians aren't that fascinating. You can keep some things to yourself.

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