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Doctors Say If 50% Of Your Photos Are Selfies Then You May Have A Condition Called ‘Selfitis’

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It’s no shock that with front-facing cameras in the palms of our hands, we’re a bit more inclined to take photos of ourselves. Nevertheless, doctors insist that, like with most things, selfies should be enjoyed in healthy moderation.

A study in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction says that compulsive selfie taking can lead to selfie addiction, or “selfitis.”

Sisters Taelor and Tia Sith say they and their friends take hundreds of selfies a day.

“Sometimes I feel, you know, everything doesn’t translate on camera, but then to turn and see oh my good my teeth look great, my eyebrows match, this is great,” Taelor told KYW Phildelphia.

Psychologists believe that those who have selfitis take selfies to boost their confidence, get intention, improve their mood, conform, and be socially competitive.

“A selfie addiction is when a person is almost obsessively taking selfies — multiple times a day — and posting that to whatever it might be — Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram,” Dr. Ramani Durvasula said.

If 50% or more of your photos are selfies, and most of them use filters — these could be the red flags of a larger issue.

“More studies are showing this — more time spent on social media sites negatively affects people’s self-esteem, can make a person less able to cope, more likely to have anxiety, depression, that sort of thing,” Dr. Durvasula explained.

Doctors urge selfie takers to carve out time dedicated to putting their phones away and reducing screen time.

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Footage and photo provided by KYW Philadelphia 

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