Selfie Syndrome. We All Have That One Friend
Selfie Syndrome. Before we get started. Yes, it is a thing. The APA (American Psychiatric Association) defines it 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.
There are three levels of the disorder:
- Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
- Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
- Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self around the clock. Posting the photos on social media more than six times a day.
We all have at least one friend who falls under these terms. I myself actually seem to have a handful of them. But one friend I have on Facebook comes to mind immediately when I hear the term Selfie Syndrome.
Every day I get on FB while I have my coffee and plan my day. As I scroll I see post after post from her. All selfies with captions that make no sense when accompanied by a selfie. Below are just some examples of kinds of posts I’ve seen. She normally post more than six per day. Probably more around eight. If you look at her profile almost every post has a selfie.
- Morning: “I found the best coffee shop this morning. I love it!” Posted with a selfie.
- Midmorning: “The traffic is crazy today but I finally made it to work.” Posted with a selfie.
- Afternoon: “I’m trying to decide if I should have Italian or Mexican for lunch. What do you think?” Posted with a selfie.
- Evening: “The sunset is gorgeous tonight!” Posted with a selfie.
- Late Night: “I guess I should go to bed. Have to work in the morning.” Posted with a selfie.
Some of my favorite selfies though are the “oops!” accidently on purpose cleavage selfies. They take a bathroom selfie and you can tell they are trying very hard to get a cleavage shot while getting their face too. They then post it with the caption. “It’s a beautiful day outside”.
Stop pretending that you aren’t doing it to get attention. If you want to post a cleavage selfie just post it. If you need a caption how about, “Cleavage looking great today!” At least it’s honest.
Look, I have nothing against the occasional selfie. Hell, I take them too. When I happen to magically get the makeup on both eyes looking the same I take a selfie and I post that shit. It doesn’t happen often so hell yeah! Maybe I’m showing off a new shade of pink in my hair. The difference is I don’t pretend. I point out what I’m taking the selfie for. “New pink in my hair today!” or “Eye makeup not looking wrecked today!”
No need to pretend.