Women who take a lot of selfies ‘show strong links to psychopathic tendencies’

Impulsiveness and a lack of empathy were among the most prevalent, while unsurprisingly the responders were also found to possess high levels of narcissism.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, the main author of the study, Assistant Professor of Communications Jesse Fox, said it was unsurprising to find that those who spent time editing their photos showed signs of narcissism, adding that “this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study.”

“The more interesting finding is that they score higher on this other antisocial personality trait, psychopathy, and are more prone to self objectification.”

The Reality:

  • The “study” http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886914007259 was based on an online survery of men.
  • The study authors claim they shall continue onto women. It would be interesting to see whether the same type of headlines would be used for women (e.g. “psychopathic”), and if so, what degree of backlash there would be from feminists. After all, all it takes is a comment on a woman’s dress-sense to spark a global slut-walk.

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