Here is the gist of the study as reported by the UK INDEPENDENT:
Men who take more selfies have higher than average traits of narcissism and psychopathy, a study from academics at Ohio State University has found.
The research, published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, looked at 800 men between the ages of 18-40 who completed an online survey about how many photos they posted on social media, and another questionnaire looking at their personality traits.
It also found men who edited their selfies before posting them were more likely to have traits of narcissism but editing selfies was not linked to psychopathic traits.
I am a bit back and forth on this, quite frankly.
I am not a selfie kind of guy, and typically avoid cameras.. but at times I really enjoy having photographs of myself in certain situations. Nostalgia sets in quickly. I also appreciate that my wife snaps a number of photos of the family for posterity..
However, I also know people who take lots of snapshots of themselves to document, in a sense, their self importance. And yes, they put that colored hue on it courtesy of the iPhone effects of Instagram editing.. Virtually no photo taken anymore is actually of the scene. Instead colors are changed and the edits are done to make the fragmentation look better and the pixelation tanner.
I do not think, though, that every person who is a selfie fiend is also a self-aggrandizing psychopath in the works..
But a lot are.
I think that..
Think back to history, though. I would say this: If cell phones were around during Black Plague, the Middle Ages, the Civil War, the French Revolution, selfies would have been just as popular then as they are now.
Even during the 1800s, it was a major big deal to get a family portrait snapped.. It was historic for a person to get their image solidified in history.
Now there’s a billion selfies being posted every second of the day. And quite frankly, the more that get posted the less they matter.
Psychopaths maybe. But it’s a psychopathic world where no one gives a damn anymore about what you ate or where you went. You simply exist in your own small sheltered world of self importance.