These days, virtually everyone can admit taking a selfie once in a while, whether it be with a group of friends or alone.
In recent years, the word selfie was even added to the dictionary. Now many people are beginning to use “selfie-sticks” to take photos of themselves.
Most people assume that taking selfies is a harmless act. However, taking selfies on a regular basis and posting on social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram may be an indication of mental disorder.
In addition to narcissism, the study in Ohio found that taking selfies was linked to psychopathy.
The study stated that posting numerous selfies was related to both higher narcissism and psychopathy, controlling for the overall number of other types of photos posted.
The study described themes of psychopathy such as impulsivity and lack of empathy. The men that scored high in psychopathy are likely to agree with statements like: “Payback needs to be quick and nasty.”
The results found that posting more selfies was related to psychopathy, but not editing the photos as that was linked to narcissism.
According to Psychology Today, the researcher explained,
”That makes sense because psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity,” the study’s lead author, Jesse Fox, said. “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.”
A study conducted at Ohio State University has found that men taking more selfies than others scored much higher on measures of narcissism.
Those with narcissistic personality disorder usually lack empathy for others, have an unreasonably high sense of importance, and desperately seek admiration from others.
In addition to this, men with higher score on measures of narcissism were notably editing their photos prior posting them in order to make themselves look much better and admirable.
According to Psych Central,
It’s not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study,” said Jesse Fox, Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.
Body Dismorphic Disorder
BDD is a mental disorder involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw or appearance. Typically, individuals with BDD frequently check their appearance and compare their appearance to others.
A story that received a lot of media coverage was the story of a British teenager named Danny Bowman. Bowman became obsessed with taking selfies and posting them to social media websites.
According to Addiction,
“BDD can lead people to feel so distressed and ashamed of their appearance that they seclude themselves from society. During his cycle of compulsive selfie-taking, Bowman dropped out of school and rarely went outside for six months. He also lost 15 pounds in an effort to make himself happier with his appearance and to improve his self-portraits.”