Posting selfies on social networks may seem like a harmless activity, but it's not, claims new research.
Apparently, people who take and share a lot of their selfies on social networks may have psychopathic qualities, as per a study conducted by Ohio State University psychologists.
Upon behavior examination of some 800 men who frequently post self-taken photographs of themselves on sites like Facebook and Instagram, it was observed that their personalities had heightened levels of narcissism, impulsiveness and other traits more commonly found in psychopaths than normal human beings.
Moreover, men who spend time editing and improving their selfies before putting them up may have more serious narcissism and self-objectification issues than previously thought. Such men, according to the study, carry a psychological flaw that makes them think they are more intelligent, handsome and smarter than their peers.
Meanwhile, men who share post their selfies online as soon as they can and without much time spent on improving their aesthetic value, are more prone to psychopathic behavior. Such people have difficulty being empathetic toward others and harbor great impulsiveness.
"Psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity," explained Jesse Fox, an assistant professor of communication at OSU and a contributing researched. "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."
She further said: "It’s not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic. 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. Most people don’t think that men even do that sort of thing, but they definitely do."
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Fox then warned that, if left uncontrolled, these selfie-inspired behavioral abnormalities could mutilate into much bigger problems, just like they do in women.
"We know that self-objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders in women," Fox 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."