Essay on Psychology Today Article Report

Submitted By Cheyenne-Smith-Raine
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Cheyenne Smith­Raines
1/28/15
Psychology 6th mod
Due: 1/29/15

Are Selfies a Sign of Narcissism and Psychopathy?
Through recent years, technology has drastically increased in numbers among the population. With this, new advances in the world take place, including the typical two­camera phone. One placed in the front side of the phone, and one on the back. This new ability to take photos of oneself has skyrocketed the numbers of photos placed on the internet. Mainly these pictures include a photo of the operator, doing something fascinating, or trying to show off for others to see. With this recent development comes more studies, such as what do selfies say about us.
In this article off of Psychology Today, a study takes place about selfies. It tells of how popular the art of selfies are becoming, including the fact that the Oxford Dictionary has added it their collection of words. The article leads on to define the traits the study is researching. These include: narcissism, psychopathy, machiavellianism, and self­objectification. To test which traits a selfie­taking person has, two people, Fox and Rooney, gathered a “nationally representative sample of 1,000 men between 18 and 40 years old” ( Seidman, 2015). This group was asked many questions about taking the pictures, as well as the methods used to make themselves look better. Resulting from these questions and ratings, it was found that both narcissism and self­objectification were more prominent in the men that spent more time on social networking sites, and with more of the editing. Posting many selfies was related to higher narcissism and psychopathy. The more selfies, means that the men were more psychopathic. This is because they lack self­control and to not refrain from posting things for all to see. Also described in this article is the fact that the people with self­objectification used social networking sites, however posted less selfies. They were more conscious in their appearance for other people to view, and

Cheyenne Smith­Raines
1/28/15
Psychology 6th mod
Due: 1/29/15

were found to use the most editing. Overall, the conclusional statistics show that selfies did show characteristics to the traits the men had.
Reading this article produced many of my own opinions of this selfie­taking study. First of all, the study was not diverse, as it only contained one sex, the one to be thought to take less
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