Men who take regular selfies are more likely to display narcissistic and psychopathic traits according to new research.
The study analysed the social media habits of over 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 and found that those who posted selfies frequently displayed higher than average traits of narcissism and psychopathy.
The research, conducted at Ohio State University, called for the subjects to complete and online survey about their photo posting social media habits and a separate survey analysing the intricate details of their personality.
The study revealed that a significant portion of the surveyed edited their selfies before posting them to social media which corresponded with narcissistic results in the personality test.
Selfie-obsessed men were also found to possess psychopathic traits and to self-objectify, which means to value their looks above their personality.
“We know that self-objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders in women,” said the study’s lead author Professor Jesse Fox.
“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,” she said.
What is a narcissist? It used to mean a young man so entranced with his own reflection that he could not look away from it – and, unable to break his gaze, eventually died. Narcissus was so taken with his own beauty that when he spurned the love calls of Echo the wood nymph, leaving her to echo sadly through the woods for all eternity, his narcissism spurred Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, to lure him to a pool. There he glimpsed his own reflection in the water, fell in love with himself, and that was the end of him. Sounds familiar? Except instead of a pool, it's a screen. We are all narcissists now, entranced with our own every move. We document everything we do. We photograph, record, upload, download, tweet our breakfast, Instagram our lunch, Facebook our dinner, google ourselves, blog our every thought, leave comments, review whatever bits of the culture we are into, post selfies – the clue is in the name – of ourselves doing everything from posing unclothed like Rihanna to tweezing our eyebrows or tying our shoelaces.