Psychologists say that selfie addiction is a psychological and mental disease

Selfie addicts do not have self-confidence. They are patients of inferiority complex.

Prof Dr. Abdullah G Arijo

Before discussing the topic, let me share a story.

A family went out for a dinner, but everyone, especially the younger ones got busy with their cell phones, chatting someone or taking selfies. Such activities killed the very purpose of family gathering. Their grandmother tried to keep calm on what was happening, but finally stood up. “Hurry up, take me home or I shall call the cab to go home,” she shouted.

“What is fun to be here with you in the name of a so-called family dinner,” Grandmother remarked and continued: “If every one of you is here just to take selfies, then let me go home and take rest.”

“There is no use to be among you in the name of family dinner while each one of you is busy chatting somebody and taking selfies.”

Grandmother left. Everyone was a little bit upset gazing each other’s faces, and trying to understand what had gone wrong?

They didn’t realize that the cell phone was the cell phone was the devil that destroyed their family gathering.

This is what happens nowadays adversely affecting the family and social life.

Every one like the admiration but same can be achieved by some positive activities

Let’s discuss these trends that has overwhelmed the youth. Selfie has become a craze in youth. Majority of our youth have become selfie addict. The psychologists say that selfie addiction is a psychological and mental disease. Such person do not have self-confidence. They are patients of inferiority complex. The people who take selfie for three times a day and upload these selfies on social media sites are at the borderline of mental disorder. Those who repeat this process more than thrice a day are chronic patients of mental sickness. Doctors say that at present this disease is incurable but one can overcome this bad habit by changing his or her mental approach.

Every one like the admiration but same can be achieved by some positive activities. Students should concentrate on their studies. Self-suggestions are also helpful for this purpose. Adults should concentrate on their business/job; one may join some gym or health club, offer prayers regularly, and become member of any social work organization.

One should try to impress others with real time achievements rather than beautiful images. Make more friends as solitude is also a cause of many psychological complexes.

Let me elaborate the complexities of selfie-addicts.

Self-projection is a kind of digital isolation. The individuals going through such a mental process, consciously or unconsciously, may think that other people are critical of them.

The parents could be held responsible for such a state of affairs who buy computer and cell phones to their kids and forget how they hay make their kids isolated. This is the true picture of an era we are living in.

Have you ever thought why the people take so many self-photos?

The studies reveal that selfies have been linked to narcissism and lack of consideration for other people. “A selfie-addiction is when a person is almost obsessively taking selfies multiple times a day, and posting that to whatever it might be. It is addiction, indeed the worst form of addiction,” a study says.

One study found 379 people worldwide killed due to selfies between 2008 and 2021, with even more injured. Incidents are more likely in young adults, particularly males. Many are travelers or tourists.

Selfie addiction refers to the addiction described through a chain of reactions, which starts with taking your own photograph (selfie) and is coupled with posting that selfie on social networking sites and then waiting for your friends’ comments on those selfies.

Selfie addiction is a new, yet very real concern. Like any addiction, the condition known as selfies is when someone becomes obsessed with action and can’t override the compulsion. For some people, taking a selfie is a fun way to capture a moment or celebrate a good hair day.

Researchers found that women take an average of seven shots to get one image

Taking too many selfies may set Unrealistic Standards of Beauty. Some people post countless photos of themselves, including selfies, which should never have been shared on social media. Some people post selfies to show themselves in their best light, while others do it to get a response.

In a study done by Child Mind Institute on how selfies affect girls’ self-esteem, researchers found that women take an average of seven shots to get one image. This may be because they are put under a lot of pressure to be “perfect.”

Seeing countless selfies can make you preoccupied with your looks with so many Instagram filters to utilize, it’s no wonder teens are spending hours choosing one that makes them look amazing. There are also apps for lighting that make your face look like you’ve just applied makeup. While it can be fun at first, it comes with a dark side which could lead to an obsession with wanting to look perfect.

With so much focus on having a great body, glowing skin, and shiny hair, selfies are a vessel that many are using to exhibit their ideal image. Taking selfies could put pressure on you to “look like that”. Selfies could provoke feelings of anxiety as viewing selfies might provoke obsessive behavior. Selfies could inspire feelings of jealousy or envy.

Taking selfies can become a negative habit. If you’ve formed a habit of taking a selfie wherever you go, chances are that snapping a photo of yourself is always on your mind. Posting selfies to get likes and satisfaction could quickly become an unhealthy habit.

With all scientific inventions, there are harms and benefits. We need to look into the issue to avoid what we must never like or we will become isolated societies.


Abdullah ArijoProf. (R) Dr. Abdullah G. Arijo is Advisor and Visiting Professor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Science, Sakrand, Sindh Pakistan. Formerly, he was Chairman, Department of Parasitology, Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam. After retirement, he also served there as Advisor Academics & P&D to Vice Chancellor. He can be reached at Email:



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