January 9, 2015
Sorry, guys, but if you’re all about that #selfie life, then you might be a psychopath.
According to new research from The Ohio State University, men who posted more selfie pictures of themselves scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy. Further, men who took the time to edit their pictures before posting them to social channels like Facebook or Instagram are even more narcissistic and self-objectifying (really no surprises there, though).
Jesse Fox, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University led the study, which was recently published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The researchers sampled 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 to complete a digital survey regarding their photo posting behavior on social media. The participants were also asked to respond to a survey on anti-social behavior and self-objectification.
“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.”
An important thing to note about the study, though, is that all of the men surveyed fell well within the range of normal human behavior. Simply, those that scored higher on measures of psychopathy or narcissism were just above the average – not necessarily that they were actually narcissists and psychopaths.
In a future study, Fox hopes to perform a similar study with exclusively women. On the whole, she hopes to continue observing the ways through which social media and our changing interactions with the digital world affect our human behavior and mindset.
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