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Selfie: A Rising Culture. Assessment of Selfitis And Its Relation with Self-Esteem Among Medical and Nursing Students: A Cross-Sectional Study

Author:Raghavendra Nagaraju, Lokesh K Chikkegowda

Keywords:Selfitis, Self-esteem, medical stu-dents, nursing students, Selfitis Be-haviour Scale, Rosenberg Self Es-teem Scale

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Selfitis (the obsessive taking of selfies) is classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association and is said to be associated with low self-esteem levels. Assessment of selfitis using Selfitis Behaviour Scale is unique among Indian studies. This study conducted to estimate the burden of selfitis and its relation with self-esteem among medical and nursing students. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among medi-cal and nursing students. Infor-mation regarding selfie clicking and posting on social media was col-lected by a structured questionnaire. Selfitis was assessed by using Selfitis Behaviour Scale (SBS) and self-esteem was assessed by using Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale. Results: This study included 347 students (123 males and 224 fe-males). Majority i.e., 225 (64.8%) of the study participants took selfies on any specific occasion, 300 (86.5%) of them took selfies with friends/ family members and 109 (31.4%) of them posted selfies on social medias. According to the scores of SBS, 169 (48.7%) of them had borderline selfitis, 63 (18.2%) of them had acute selfitis and 13 (3.7%) of them had chronic selfitis. Low self-esteem was seen in 105 (30.3%) of the study participants. Conclusion: Selfitis was seen in nearly quarter of the study partici-pants and there was no association between selfitis and self-esteem in this study."