Men, are you addicted to posting selfies? Beware the likely psychopathic traits

Warning: Guys, what you're about to read does not make for a pretty picture.

But first, answer these two questions: 

1. Do you post many selfies on social media?

2. Do you, in the process, use Instagram-style filters to give that extra "oomph" ?  

If the answer is yes, a study says you may have anti-social traits.

A study conducted at Ohio State University found that men who consistently post selfies and use filters score higher for measures of narcissism and  psychopathy.

Social media habits

Researchers conducted the study on 800 men aged 18 to 40 about their social media habits along with psychological questionnaires. 

"It's not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic," said assistant professor at Ohio State University, Jesse Fox. 

"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."

 Men who are quick to post their pictures without spending much time on editing may also face behavioural issues. 

She said:

"Psychopathy is characterised 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."

What about women?

While the study did not include women, Ms Fox said they are doing follow-up work that suggests the same findings found in this research also apply to women. 

She added:

"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."

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Sources: The Ohio State University, Metro, The Telegraph, CITY A.M. 

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