Men Who Take Selfies: What You Need To Know

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This may set off some alarm bells.

As a rule, we don’t take selfies. When the selfie trend started way back when, our initial concern was the poor photography that resulted. Poor framing, bad focus, an arm in the frame, etc. meant that they just felt awkward for anyone who cared about good pictures. That said, if pretty girls were taking selfies of themselves hanging with their hot friends, we weren’t going to be the ones to start throwing a fuss because…you know…”pretty”.

But then we’d find ourselves in a situation where we’d have a new haircut or we’d be in London and we’d think “Perhaps we should take a selfie”…but then what would follow was 5 minutes of awkward attempts to strike a pose with a voice in our heads softly whispering “This is wrong. This is so wrong.” So we attempt it so rarely that we’re repeatedly surprised at how bad the front-facing camera on our phone is. Each discovery comes with the kind of deja vu that says “you’ve been here before…maybe 6 months ago”.

So the male selfie came to represent a kind of feminine narcissism inappropriate for a gentleman…and now science has come around to our way of thinking. The Ohio State University has, in addition to winning the NCAA football championship, been researching men who take selfies.

A new study showed that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much they prioritize their appearance.

“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, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

So thank you very much, science, for confirming what we’ve all been thinking.

Now, we’re sure that there are a few people, mainly narcissistic men, who might object to their selfies being perceived as the expression of their inner 16-year-old girl. And we’re sure we have a few psychopathic men who now want to kill us for spilling the beans on their attempts to fill all media with their faces on their way to world domination.

At this point, we’re kind of torn as to what to do with this knowledge. Should we let men who take selfies know how they’re perceived…or should we let them do it and just pass on this information to any woman who’s about to fall for a selfie-taking Dexter-wannabe? How many of these men would actually want to and be able to change their behavior?

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Photography Correspondent

P.S. We’ll just include this video for any of you who might have missed it…

Tristan’s just this guy, ya know?