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Men who take selfies more likely to show psychopathic traits

Does this make every topless guy on Tinder a potential Patrick Bateman?

Perfectly sculpted, ab-bearing, gel-coiffed dudes oversharing their selfies on Instagram is annoying and lame, but recently published scientific research suggests that it might point to something far more sinister than being a mirror-addicted loser. Put it this way: if Patrick Bateman had an iPhone 6 and an Tinder account, his profile pic would be probably be a selfie.

Researchers at Ohio State University examined 1000 men aged 18-40 and discovered that those who regularly post images of themselves across social networking sites are more likely to score highly on psychopath tests. 

The studypublished in Personality and Individual Differences, examined the dark triad of three pathological personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. According to the researchers, this triumvirate of negativity all "share common threads of deceitfulness, self-promotion, coldness, disagreeableness, exploitation, and aggression".

Guys who post a lot of pictures of themselves scored higher on measures of narcissm and psychopathy. This doesn't mean that every selfie obsessive is necessarily a psycho – it just means they exhibit higher than average levels of these anti-social traits. So swipe right with caution. 

Lead researcher Jesse Fox told Ohio State News: "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. The more interesting finding is that they also score higher on this other anti-social personality trait, psychopathy, and are more prone to self-objectification."

Fox says she's in the middle of follow up research that is proving that women who post a lot of selfies score higher on psychopathy and narcissism tests. She says that because we all spend so much time on Instagram and Facebook, we're beginning to self-define through appearance more and more.

So there you have it, our generation is just one million reflections of psychopathy.