Should selfies be illegal in 2015?
It is that time of the year again when people wish to start the new year on a clean page, with new ambitions and aspirations that they were not able to accomplish the previous year.
Why wait for the new year or new day when you are in the now and have the present at your disposal? That is why I jumped the gun last year with my new year’s resolution, which was to stop taking selfies. As we all know one of last year’s “phenomenons” and “obsessions” was the selfies which I believe should be left behind in 2014.
According to the America Psychiatric Association (APA) which officially confirmed that taking selfies is a mental disorder.
Yikes! When I stumbled upon this I questioned the purpose of having a camera phone, LOL. The disorder is called selfitis (it sounds like some sort of infectious condition), it is defined 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 this disorder, so take time to self-diagnose and figure how good or bad your diagnosis is.
The first stage is the borderline selfitis, this when you take photos at least three times a day but do not post them on social media, the second stage is called the acute selfitis this when you take photos at least three times a day and post each photo on social media, the third stage which is chronic selfitis (this sounds like a persistent illness) is the uncontrollable urge to take photos round the clock and post the photos on social media more than six times a day.
I believe most Namibians are not aware of the diagnosis, but are aware of the selfie phenomenon on social media as they participate all day, I guarantee you, selfies are flooding Namibians’ Facebook pages this instant.
According to an online article I read, psychologists say that people should consider their motives behind taking selfies. If they do not want to be diagnosed with the disorder in future, some say taking selfies and posting them is inter-related to getting people to like you.
Certain people go to extremes to add flare to their selfie, taking selfies in dangerous places like top of skyscraper buildings and statues just to get that perfect shot.
Self-portraits have also branched into sister portraits called groundies, climbies, phonies, groupies and photo-bombing of a selfie just to mention a few.
During last year’s elections certain folks went as far as taking selfies in the voting booth, I thought that was utter ridiculousness. I think these people were breaking some sort of government privacy law. Come to think of it, the ECN were against folks taking selfies at the ballot box, but that did not stop them, LOL.
I am really starting to believe that it is a mental disorder, because certain selfies are uncalled for and should never hit social media. But that is just me, I guess the era we are in is numb to many factors ranging from airing dirty laundry on social media to moral decay, it just does not seem to phase us.
My online research suggests that it is all about the story people get to tell through the selfie that they post.
According to the APA there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
So please take ownership of your life, do not turn into a selfie zombie. After all, there is no cure.