iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Guys who start thinking that there might be something wrong with them because they post a lot of selfies may be on to something.
A study out of Ohio State University appears to be the first to measure anti-social traits in men who post photos of themselves on social networking sites.
Lead author Jesse Fox surveyed 800 men ages 18 to 40 about their selfie-posting habits and arrived at the conclusion that many of these men demonstrate narcissistic and psychopathic qualities.
While Fox maintains that men who enjoy posting photos of themselves aren’t necessarily anti-social, many of those who do rate higher on the scale of being narcissistic or psychopathic.
To be clear, narcissists are into self-objectification, meaning they value their looks above all else. This quality, which can also involve feeling superior to others, is particularly acute among those who edit their photos to make themselves look even better.
It can all turn into a vicious circle, that is, when a narcissist gets positive feedback about his appearance, he steps up the number of selfies he posts.
Meanwhile, psychopathy refers to one’s lack of empathy for others and a tendency toward impulsive behavior.
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