Men addicted to posting selfies online more likely to be narcissistic, impulsive and display other anti-social characteristics, university researchers find
(Telegraph) Footballers, film stars and other men addicted to posting selfies on social media are displaying psychopathic traits, according to a new study.
They are more likely to be narcissistic, impulsive and display other anti-social characteristics such as a lack of empathy, said university researchers.
The findings could shock many famous men who cannot resist posting pictures of themselves on sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
But although such actions are associated with psychopathy, it does not mean the vain men are about to go on a murderous rampage.
Instead, it means they score higher than average levels for anti-social traits, Ohio State University researchers told the specialist journal Personality and Individual Differences.
Those who edit their own pictures to make themselves look better show signs of narcissism and self-objectification, said assistant professor of communication Jesse Fox.
The study said narcissism is most commonly associated with vanity, but as a psychological flaw relates to a feeling of being more intelligent, attractive and better than others.
Men who put their pictures online as soon as they can are more likely to show signs of psychopathy, defined as having a lack of empathy or regard to others and impulsiveness.
Researchers conducted tests on 800 men aged 18-40 who completed a survey on their social media output alongside psychological questionnaires to establish personality traits.
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