NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – Selfies have become a part of daily life for many Americans, but if you’re taking too many, psychologists say you might have “selfitis.”
Sisters Taelor and Tia Smith, and their friend Tikia Travis, say they snap hundreds of selfies a day.
“I would have to say about 700 a day,” said Tia Smith.
Why so many?
“Look, I have to make sure I get the right angle,” she said.
“It gives me confidence because sometimes I feel you know everything doesn’t translate on camera, but then to turn and see – oh my goodness – my teeth look great, my eyebrows match – this is great,” said Taelor Smith.
A recent study in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction suggests compulsive selfie-taking can lead to “selfitis.”
“A selfie addiction is when a person is almost obsessively taking selfies, multiple times a day, and posting that to whatever it might be – Snapchat, or Facebook, Instagram,” said Dr. Ramani Durvasula, professor of Psychology at California State University.
Durvasula said if more than 50 percent of your photos are selfies and you’re using filters frequently, those are red flags.
“More studies are showing this, the more time spent on social media sites negatively affects people’s self-esteem,” he said. “It can make a person less able to cope, more likely to have anxiety, depression – that sort of thing.”
She said to help avoid selfitis, put the phone down and create “selfie free zones.”
“Sometimes I just want to get that perfect picture and sometimes it takes 200 times to get it right,” said Taelor Smith.
Taelor said she’s not obsessed, she’s just a “selfi connoisseur.”
Durvsula said if you’re a parent or friend of someone who might be addicted to selfies, you can help them by not liking or validating their photos.