New research from a team at The Ohio State University shows men who take frequent selfies display higher than average psychopathic tendencies, while those editing their photos before uploading are more self-objectifying.
Whether the pictures were edited or #NoFilter, both selfie-posting groups were more narcissistic than the average male.
Let me start by saying that we are all narcissists. It's 2015, everyone is relatively self absorbed. Everyone cares how they look. As a fairly low maintenance male, that hasn't had to worry about doing his hair in longer than a decade, I still take a few glances at the mirror before I leave the house. Look good, feel good, play good. Sometimes you just need that affirmation. I know when I look good. I know when I look like shit. Self awareness is an integral part of one's daily life. No matter how good of a day I am having, I can promise you one thing. I look good in a selfie NEVER percent of the time. Solo selfies. Selfies with friends. Complete train wreck. Every single time. Give someone else the camera and I'm coming in hot at a 7.7. Take the picture myself and were flirting with a field goal deduction. So, as always, it narrows down to the classic question, the chicken or the egg? Are psychopaths more prone to taking selfies, or are selfie takers more prone to becoming psychopaths because they think they always look like hot garbage?
I don't think a man that takes the occasional picture of himself is a psychopath. With strong certainty I can say that almost every man has at least taken one picture of himself with his phone. Maybe not posted it to the ever judging world, but at least taken it. What are you just going to completely ignore the use of the reverse button on your iPhone? I can also say, with a moderate amount of certainty, that if you post pictures of yourself on the internet often enough to become known as 'one of those people' there is a solid chance you have some skeletons in your closet. No, but really. I legit think that male selfie takers store dead bodies in their closet, or under their floor boards, or in their basement. This theory is only accentuated by the use of a filter, or a reference to lack thereof, on a picture of yourself. If your first thought when you take a picture of yourself is, "how can I prove to everyone but myself that I am not a hideous human being?", than you shouldn't be around any blunt objects or innocent human beings.
If you ever feel like asking me, "Hey Robbie, why don't you constantly take pictures of yourself?". My response will undoubtedly be that "self doubt and constant nitpicking can lead to self harm and body dysmorphia", and quite frankly, I like my wrists far better uncut. If I looked good when I left the house that's how I am going to look all day. Doesn't have to true, but you can bet your ass it's not false. I don't need to constantly judge my appearance on an hourly basis, ain't nobody got time for that. Except quite the opposite is true. Far too many people have time for that, and thus confirms what the rational demographic of society has known for awhile, there are a lot of fucking psychos out there.