Selfies are probably one of the more annoying trends to emerge from the rise of smartphone cameras, but they’re a mostly harmless phenomenon. That doesn't mean they don't merit some form of study.
As Michael Zhang with PetaPixel reports, a fabricated 2014 story about the American Psychiatric Association identifying the mental disorder “selfitis” has apparently sparked actual research into the phenomenon.
The research team, consisting of Janarthanan Balakrishnan of the Thiagarajar School of Management in Madura, India, and Mark D. Griffiths of Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom, revealed their findings in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
Their paper, “An Exploratory Study of ‘Selfitis’ and the Development of the Selfitis Behavior Scale,” attempted to quantify a person’s selfie taking behavior using a Selfitis Behavior Scale that the team created.
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