‘Look at Me!’ New Study Says ‘Selfies’ Reveal A Narcissistic Personality (Ya Think?)

Selfie at funeral
Crass yes. But hey, don’t hate the playa, hate the game.

*Now you know that you know someone like the dude in the picture above. Just think about it, don’t many of the people you know who take a lot of “selfies” and post them on social media seem kind of narcissistic? Don’t they always seem to find a way to turn every conversation around to them?

This, of course, doesn’t mean they are not sweet and kind.

So now there is new research that backs this opinion up. It says “selfies” reveal a lot about your personality, and not in the most flattering way.

An Ohio State University study recently revealed that men who posted more photos of themselves online actually scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

They worked with 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 and asked them to complete an online questionnaire about their photo posting habits on social media. The survey questions asked how often they posted photos of themselves on social media; whether they edited the photos before posting and how they edited them. The participants were also asked to fill out standard questionnaires measuring anti-social behaviors and self-objectification (the tendency to overly focus on one’s appearance).

The result was that researchers determined the more photos posted correlated with both narcissism and psychopathy. Editing photos, however, was only associated with narcissism, and not psychopathy. Narcissism measures inflated self-image (often motivated by underlying insecurity), while psychopathy involves a lack of empathy and impulsive behavior.

“That makes sense because psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity,” the study’s lead author, Jesse Fox, said in a statement. “They are going to snap the photos and put them online right away. They want to see themselves. They don’t want to spend time editing.”

These findings are not saying that men who post selfies are actually narcissists or psychopaths, but it is saying that they scored higher than others in these anti-social traits, although they were still within the normal range of behavior.

Low self-esteem and narcissism were major factors in a previous study about heavy Facebook users. One study says it’s not so much about spending an excessive amount of time on Facebook as it is having an unrealistically large number of “friends” that correlates with having a narcissistic personality.

Read more at Huffington Post.

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