OK, I'm using Mike Ezu's picture here because he was the first male selfie on my timeline as I wrote this post. No judgment o, LOL... but you guys you know yourselves...
A new study shows that men who post more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy.
In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much they prioritize their appearance.
The research was carried out by Ohio State University, and sampled 800 men from age 18 to 40 who completed an online survey that asked about their photo posting behavior on social media. The participants also completed standard questionnaires for anti-social behaviors and for self-objectification.
In addition to asking how often they posted photos, the survey inquired about whether the men edited their photos before posting, including cropping photos, using filters and using picture-editing software.
Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University, says;
“Most people don’t think that men even do that sort of thing, but they definitely do.
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.”
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.”
Fox conducted the study with Margaret Rooney, a graduate student at Ohio State. Their results are published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
The university blog which first published this report has this say;
...the results don’t mean that men who post a lot of selfies are necessarily narcissists or psychopaths. The men in the study all scored within the normal range of behavior – but with higher than average levels of these anti-social traits.
Narcissism is marked by a belief that you’re smarter, more attractive and better than others, but with some underlying insecurity. Psychopathy involves a lack of empathy and regard for others and a tendency toward impulsive behavior.
Self-objectification involves valuing yourself mainly for your appearance, rather than for other positive traits.
“We know that self-objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders...
So ladies, if that guy you're crushing on takes a lot of selfies and edits them to death, be careful o. That's all I will add.