COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — Men who regularly posted photos of themselves online scored higher on a measure for narcissism and psychopathy.
According to Medical News Today, a study out of Ohio State University has found that men who took “selfies” were more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits when compared to control group.
“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,” explains Jesse Fox, lead author of the study.
The study included 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40. The men took an online survey asking questions regarding their photo posting behavior on social media.
The study also found that men who edited their pictures before posting also scored higher on the scales of narcissism 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,” says Fox.
The study is published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.