Classification of social media psychopathology


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Classification of social media psychopathology

  1. 1. Classification of Social Media Psychopathology Dr Stewart HaseSocial Media Anxiety Disorder (SMAD)Characterised by an urge to constantly check social media sites (Twitter,Facebook, personal blog,, etc) to see what is happening. If the person is unable tocheck their favourite sites they become increasingly anxious and agitated.However, they are able to delay gratification for an hour or so when eventuallythey need to leave social situations to check their home page.Social Media Dependency Disorder (SMDD)A more severe form of SMAD in which the person must look constantly at theirsocial media sites even at social events such as having dinner with friends, atparties, when listening to a tearful friend upset at breaking up with their partnerduring foreplay and toileting. A loss of a device to access or a connection failurecan create major panic and loss of control.BorderlineSocial Media Personality Disorder (BSMPD)This is an even more severe than FDD and is characterised by a persistent andpervading need to access social media so that it interferes severely with theactivities of daily living. Its major feature is a need to constantly check to see if afriend has posted a comment or, more importantly, liked a recent post. This urgeoccurs in all social situations and cannot be resisted. If friends do not fairlyinstantly respond with a comment or a ‘like’ the person becomes very fraughtwith intense feelings of rejection and will send emails, tweets, text messages andother posts to friends urging them to respond immediately.BSMPD with high levels of NarcissismThese people have been known to smash devices, attack people and otherwiseexhibit extreme narcissistic rage when they are removed as a friend, don’treceive comments to their posts or are ignored on Twitter by someone or ifindeed a friend simply decides to withdraw in any way, for even a few minutes.Shirley Temple Syndrome (STS)Common on Facebook but seen in other social media, his involves the need toconstantly post huge volumes of photos of offspring, usually babies, in variousposes and undertaking a variety of bodily functions. This disorder is reinforcedby people who have the related disorder of Shirley Temple Voyeur Syndrome. Inthis disorder people feel the need to post endless likes and comments about thebeauty and cleverness of the child or marvel at the shape of bowel movements.Irrelevance Disorder (ID)
  2. 2. Here the person with this disorder has an overpowering need to tell all andsundry of miniscule and totally uninteresting behaviours that they might beundertaking at the time. These include, but not limited to, going to the toilet,bursting a pimple, stubbing a toe on the piano, having a cup of tea, eating a Sao,or having a belch. People with ID have a lack of respect for themselves and thehuman race in general and usually have a dual diagnosis that includes GALS-Geta Life Syndrome.Social Media Exhibition Disorder (SMED)Related to ID is the need to tell people things designed to shock them. This mightbe that they are not wearing undies, their intention to be naughty, their need toinsult someone, their level of drunkenness or otherwise engage in some anti-social behaviour. Mostly this disorder ends up being found by potentialemployers and being rejected in a job application. Careers have been ended inwhat has been dubbed the Shane Warne Effect involving sexual innuendo.God Is Great Syndrome (GIGS)The main feature of this syndrome is a need to send out messages about howtheir favourite god (any god of any religion) is fantastic, does great things andpromises a place in social media heaven. Pictures and garish coloured text isincluded in these messages that demonstrate a complete lack of consciousness.Pithy Message Disorder (PMD)This disorder is similar to GIGS but much broader, hence classified as a disorder.The sufferer is compulsively driven to send out inspirational messages oftenwith pictures espousing some meaningless sentiment that has not relation toreality. These messages are so sickly sweet that they have been known to createnausea and even vomiting among those who receive them. Frequently thesepeople lack any imagination whatsoever (and intelligence) in that they cut andpaste these comments and pictures from elsewhere on the internet in an act ofblatant plagiarism. This is a related disorder known as Plagiarised InspirationDisease.Zuckerbergaphobia (ZBP)The sufferer of this anxiety disorder is deeply fearful of social media. Severepanic is the main symptom and is brought on by even a mention of social mediasites and the name of Mark Zuckerberg. Experts claim that the disorder beganwith Facebook but this is in dispute. However, the name persists. Some clinicianshave reported attacks of panic in the clients at even the sight of a device capableof downloading any social media sites. In severe cases carrying a mobile devicesuch as a smart phone is impossible.Social Media Paranoia
  3. 3. ZBP should not be confused with Social Media Paranoia in which the user isfearful that organisations such as ASIO and the CIA are spying on the internet.While this may in fact be true, instead of accepting it as a normal risk, sufferersturn off all means of access to posts except by close friends. The most tellingsymptom is that even thought they are deeply suspicious and take incredibleprecautions they are unable to prevent themselves from using social media. Inthis sense the sufferer is delusional, a characteristic of this psychosis.Get a Life Personality DisordersThese disorders are severe and demonstrate other significant psychiatricdiseases.Trolls - People who operate under a fake name and pictures and postnasty derogatory comments.Fakes - People who are on a site with a pseudo name but tell their friends itsthemLurkers - They only read others pages and in fact go to their pages and dodetailed searches but never post anything themselvesStalkers - Lurkers but only for a single person