Selfies Linked To Mental Illness

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On any given day most of us check and post onto our social media accounts a number of times. The selfie has taken on a life of its own, as celebrities like Kim Kardashian are becoming synonymous with posting the images on their social media profiles.

However, according to a new study published by Ohio State University, selfies can be a sign of certain personality traits that may not be considered good to have. The study focused on 800 males between the ages of 18 to 40. The subjects participated in an online questionnaire related to how often they post selfies on social media, if they edit their photos and how they edit their photos. Along with social media based questions, the participants also answered questions about self objectification and anti social behaviors they might’ve had.

The study showed that men who mostly post selfies on social media accounts have higher instances and measurements for qualities such as psychopathy and narcissism. They also found that men who edited their photos before posting showed more narcissistic personality traits and less psychopathic ones. Researchers also found that editing photos was also associated with high levels of self objectification and according to one researcher “Self objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders in women..with 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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