We all know that one person who posts selfies all the time (isn’t there some magical 1:8 selfie-to-other-pictures ratio?) or floods their stories with pictures of themselves using just about every filter. Heck, maybe you’re that person—and is it really so bad?
Selfies, after all, are a way of documenting one’s life. They’re a celebration of self. And they’re a favorite in the all-mysterious algorithm (no, it’s not just you; selfies perform better for everyone). But apparently, they also indicate narcissism.
A new study found that people who posted pictures of themselves were associated with an “increase in narcissism,” according to Science Daily.
In the study, published in The Open Psychology Journal, researchers from Swansea University and Milan University examined the actual personality changes of 74 people aged 18 to 34. Guess what happened over a four-month period?
“Those who used social media excessively, through visual postings, displayed an average 25% increase in such narcissistic traits over the four months of the study.”
Researchers monitored and assessed the participants’ social media use during the period to determine their findings, which suggested some of the people in the study were prime candidates for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Interestingly, the study found that people who used Twitter for verbal sharing weren’t narcissistic.
The results showed that narcissists were both drawn to social media and became narcissistic simply by using it.
Professor Roberto Truzoli from Milan University put it pretty damn clearly: “The use of visual social media may emphasize the perception of narcissistic individuals that they are the main focus of attention…and to…present themselves in a grandiose manner, and realise fantasies of omnipotence.” The thing is, none of this is new information. Every few years studies show the same thing and people still continue to take selfies.
Here’s what people (er, the haters) had to say about the link between selfies and narcissism.
March 2020 edition of the science journal Computers in Human Behavior will feature a study that demonstrates a significant link between posting selfies and grandiose narcissism (surprising nobody.)
Let’s stop normalizing/praising pathologically inflated egotism, please.
— Jeremy Jayne (@AdackMusic) January 25, 2020
Even Antonio Banderas has something to say about selfies, who is so beautiful it’s almost ironic that this is coming out of his mouth:
“We are living in a time in which it seems that whatever is not recorded doesn’t exist. We are recording too much. It’s called selfies, but it’s narcissism. People all day long doing this!”
Cuánta razón y qué sabias palabras. Hay q vivir más y grabar menoshttps://t.co/hRV8vU1fVr
— Chema Gallardo Osuna (@Chema__Gallardo) January 26, 2020
i usually don’t like selfies or anything like that because i don’t like. i don’t get it. like i used to like it but i just don’t understand like “oh you’re conventionally attractive? let me press a button to confirm your potential narcissism”
— coke zero 🥤 (@cokezerosugar69) January 25, 2020
I am totally overwhelmed by the plethora of selfies daily. It has to come down to one of two things either narcissism or loneliness. pic.twitter.com/ZSXHlQMlXI
— Frank (@Kcolvap) January 23, 2020
There’s an attention-starved social media trend going on right now disguised as #SelfLove. It’s really the doubling down of narcissism and #selfies. Love & value yourself, be confident, be proud, just don’t post pictures of yourself for no particular reason!
— Bryan Stone (@StoneOnAir) January 20, 2020
Why can’t people just make and share memories and moments?
As the person in my family unit who takes the photos, if I didn’t take selfies I’m not sure how many pics there would be out there of me to even document the fact that I was even there! To assume narcissism also assumes intent.
— Lydia Elder (@lydiaelder) January 21, 2020
If you don’t want to post photos of yourself – DON’T. No one is asking you to. If you don’t like a photo, ignore it.
It’s really that simple. No need for hot takes on selfies, sermons on ‘narcissism” or critiques of people’s photography skills (much less their appearance).
— RevDaniel (@RevDaniel) January 21, 2020
Hey people, it’s a brave new world.
We wanted flying cars and we got…slo-mo selfies? Only too apt that every social media tech innovation seems to deepen our narcissism.
— james gibney (@jamesgibney) January 18, 2020
Peak narcissism is having ya selfies as ya pinned tweet. ESPECIALLY if u a dude.
— Primo 8,000 (@39Balluh) January 17, 2020
Selfies have officially also become totally political:
Holding my selfies ironically hostage from my narcissism, because I’m neoliberal https://t.co/V9cU8LF840
— Sam Pritchard (@thucydiplease) January 25, 2020
unabashed narcissism knows no bounds, if only they believed in anything as much as they believe in their selfies.
— Kilo Oscar (@MsORD_flakenews) January 25, 2020
I love the contrast of the #NotMeUs campaign and the whatever hashtag for selfies with warren campaign. Really shows how much different these two candidates are in what their real messaging is.
Though I gotta say this feeds in well to our generations of rampant narcissism.
— Francis (@Frrancis) January 8, 2020
But honestly, you do you. Who cares?
when other women take hot selfies they are bottomless pits of narcissism, the deep abyss of superficiality 😤😤 but when I do it I’m hot, smart, deep, sexy and immortal we are NOT the same
— awards for good boys (@sdlorman) January 25, 2020
I feel slightly narcissistic having myself as my own lock screen and having a lot of selfies but the reality is I’m finally really happy with myself and that’s not narcissism, it’s self love🤍
— Riles🦋 (@rileybubbles22) January 14, 2020
*minding my own business, taking selfies behind the bar*
customer: you know that’s a sign of narcissism? taking selfies?
me: okay… and? i have a big ego to feed pic.twitter.com/lpGVE3n5dh
— tommi-lynn rose (@CaptScug0za) January 6, 2020
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