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Study says men who take selfies may be psychopaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A study recently released showed that men who post more selfies scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

“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,” Jesse Fox told The Ohio State University.

Fox was the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

Fox said it is interesting that the men who scored higher on measures of psychopathy were also more prone to self-objectification.

The study tested 800 men ranging in age from 18 to 40. The men completed an online survey that asked about their photo posting behavior.  The men were asked how often they post photo and whether they edited the photos they posted. Participants also responded to a survey for anti-social behaviors and self-objectification.

“With the growing use of social networks, everyone is more concerned with their appearance,” Fox said. “That means self-objectification may become a bigger problem for men, as well as for women.”

In her study, Fox pointed out that all the men in the study scored within the normal range of behavior, some just had higher than average levels of anti-social traits.

To read more about the study click here.

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