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Selfie before the 'Fight of the Century' with Manny Pacquiao, his coach Freddie Roach, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel
Selfie before the ‘Fight of the Century’ with Manny Pacquiao, his coach Freddie Roach, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (The Adobo Chronicles )  – In March of last year, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about the decision of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to classify the taking of ‘selfies’ as a mental disorder. Called selfitis, or the inflammation of the ego, the disorder manifests itself in three stages: borderline, acute and chronic.

Today, the Ohio State University released a study which all but confirms that selfie taking and posting on the Internet is, indeed, a psychological disorder.

In the study, men who posted more photos of themselves online scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

The researchers asked 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 to fill out an online questionnaire asking about their photo posting habits on social media. The survey included questions about how often they posted photos of themselves on social media, and about whether and how they edited photos before posting. The participants were also asked to fill out standard questionnaires measuring anti-social behaviors and self-objectification (the tendency to overly focus on one’s appearance).

The researchers found that posting more photos was correlated with both narcissism and psychopathy. Editing photos, however, was only associated with narcissism, and not psychopathy. Narcissism measures inflated self-image (often motivated by underlying insecurity), while psychopathy involves a lack of empathy and impulsive behavior. themselves online scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

The study focused on men, but it is common knowledge that women outpace men in terms of taking self photos, editing them and posting them on the Internet. Consequently, many social scientists and mental health professionals wonder whether selfitis symptoms are more prevalent and severe in women than in men.

That would be the subject of the next study.


The Bieber taking a selfie
The Bieber taking a selfie

Wageningen, The Netherlands (The Adobo Chronicles) – Selfies seem to be taking quite a bit of beating lately.  First, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently officially classified selfies as a mental disorder.  Now, a Dutch researcher says selfies can cause a severe sexual imbalance.

The Dutch researcher, Christyntjes Van Gallgher and his team from Wageningen University studied 800 people who self-identified as ‘selfie addicts.’  The study found that 83% of the study participants had zero to low sexual activity, leading the researchers to conclude that selfitis, as defined by the APA, also causes  sexual deficiency syndrome, a condition that depletes the body’s hormones and sexual appetite. The study has a margin of error of  plus or minus 3%.

The researchers recommended that selfie addicts reduce their social media activity (taking self photos and posting them on the Internet) by at least 50% in order to regain normal production of their hormones.



imageArlington, Virginia – Last week, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has classified the taking of selfies as a mental disorder and went on to call it ‘selfitis.’

The medical community was quick to criticize APA’s use of the term ‘selfitis,’ saying that the suffix ‘itis’ refers to a condition or disease that involves some form of inflammation.  Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial passages of the lungs; tonsilitis is the inflammation of the tonsils; dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin.  Many doctors and scientists said that the correct term for an “addiction” such as the addiction to take self photos should be ‘selfism,’ just like addiction to alcohol is ‘alcoholism.’

However, APA defended its choice for the term ‘selfitis’ saying that the newly classified mental disorder is an ‘inflammation of one’s ego.’