Selfies and Mental Illness: Facebook edition

I recently read another study (yes I do read a lot of studies) that found a correlation between obsessive selfie taking and mental illness! That’s right folks, that person on your news feed that takes 1000 pics of themselves in slightly modified poses, really may be a little crazy! ┬áNow I am not sure of the scientific merit of this study however the summation goes as follows: Ones’ need to be seen (that goes above and beyond the normal use of pictures on social media) is typically related to anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and even some forms of psychosis.

I love a good selflie as much as the next gal. But I am on day 8 of my 21 day fast from social media and I find myself in a perplexing position. I’m wearing a cute new fit? With whom do I share the picture? The kids are doing something adorable? Where is my audience folks? I got my lipstick just right? I have no outlet for my duck face poses.

All of this has lead me to some degree of introspective thought. Why do I feel the need to share all of my pictures? There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the act of selfie taking, but what is driving it? While, like most millennial, I do not live in the same state as my family so Facebook allows us to achieve some level of intimacy where in they can see my day to day life unfold. However I am not sure that this is the motivation of my own selfie frenzy. At the heart of it, if I am truly honest I think it may be a need for validation.