Not a Pretty Picture
For the guys who post a lot of selfies online the picture really is not that pretty. It has been found by a new study that these types of selfie enthused guys score higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy. Also from the study men who are more likely to edit their selfies before posting them score higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much importance they place on their appearance.
“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 Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.
“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.”
From the study it is emphasized that the results do not mean that men who post a lot of selfies are necessarily narcissists or psychopaths. The sample of the study included 800 men from the ages of 18 to 40. They completed an online survey about photo posting behaviours on social media. The men all scored within the normal range of behaviour but with higher than average levels of these anti-social traits such as narcissism and psychopathy.
Results showed that posting more photos was related to narcissism and psychopathy, but psychopathy was not related to editing photos.
“That makes sense because psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity. 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,” says Fox.
Self-objectification – only valuing yourself by your appearance and not other positive traits – can lead to very serious issues like depression and eating disorders which has been know for women but with the rise of social media men are also becoming victims.
“With the growing use of social networks, everyone is more concerned with their appearance. That means self-objectification may become a bigger problem for men, as well as for women,” says Fox.
“We are all concerned with our self-presentation online, but how we do that may reveal something about our personality.”
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