The study at Ohio State University confirms that men who post selfies online are more likely to exhibit psychopathic and narcissistic tendencies than the ones who do not.
Jesse Fox, who is the lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University, says that men who are more likely to edit selfies prior to uploading on social media site score even higher in narcissism and self-objectification compared to the guys who just post selfies without editing and they just happen to be above average psychopathy.
“It’s not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study,” said Fox.
“The more interesting finding is that they also score higher on this other anti-social personality trait, psychopathy, and are more prone to self-objectification.”
The study surveyed 800 men between the ages of 18 to 40 with their social media habit and the result was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The study did not include women because the document which Fox received from a magazine did not have comparable data for women, however she believes the same finding could apply to women as well.
Well, the result of the study doesn’t mean that men who post a lot of selfies are necessarily narcissists or psychopaths, however they show higher than average levels of those anti-social traits.
Narcissism means self-proclaiming that you are smarter, better and more attractive than others, but with some underlying insecurities, but do keep in mind that there is a bright side of being a narcissist because they tend to succeed more in job interview. Psychopathy involves a lack of empathy towards others and a tendency toward impulsive behavior.
Fox says there is a self-reinforcing cycle when it comes to self-objectification, because these people tend to post more selfies, which leads to more feedback from friends and this makes them to post even more.
“It may make people objectify themselves even more,” she said. “We are running a study on that now.” [Ohio State University]