The Psychology of Selfies

Selfie sticks are the ultimate symbols of narcissism. Some psychologists have gone so far as to say that selfie stick users have narcissistic, psychopathic and Machiavellian personality traits. They have increased needs for self-gratification, particularly when they post their photos online. Frequent selfie stick users are insecure and score lower on measures of belonging and meaningful existence. These are the same people who get upset when they don’t get “likes” on their Facebook entries. Other psychologists contend that selfies are just another form of communication. It’s predictable that selfies would become fertile ground for psychobabble. (The New York Times, August 8, 2015)

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