Yes, Taking Lots Of Selfies Does Make You A Narcissist [Infographic]

Yes, Taking Lots Of Selfies Does Make You A Narcissist [Infographic]

The modern obsession with selfies has catapulted Facebook and Instagram into two of the most successful apps of all time. If you’re outgoing, under the age of 40 and remotely attractive, you’ve probably taken a few yourself. For some people, the aforementioned behavior is indicative of an undesirable personality trait; namely narcissism. This infographic looks at the chief warning signs.

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In the past, we’ve shared tips on how to take the perfect selfie. According to youth charity group Rawhide, you might be better off putting down the camera for a while.

‘Selfie Obsession: Rise of the Social Media Narcissist’ breaks down various statistics and factoids relating to the co-called “selfie”; from the most popular types of selfie to alleged links to body dysmorphic disorder. It also includes some tips for exacting self-control (selfie-control?). Check out the full graphic below:



  • We tend to reinforce the importance of social media triumph. For example, there are a lot of ‘news’ stories related to social media responses (eg. the mirror having a headline starting “JK Rowling DESTROYS ex-SNP politician on Twitter”). On some level, we participate in the fabric that social media narcissists engage with (vacuous celebrity, righteousness as being seen to be righteous etc.).
    (it’s a theory. i’m sure someone else could make the argument better.)

  • its a sad world we live in when people need thumbs up on their posts to feel validated in such a fake and shallow world. i see it in older people too (by older i mean, compared to the demographics above, so between 20 and 35 year olds)
    i have a friend, who is not in the best shape physically, but is an amazing swimmer and has recently taken to cycling and jogging. and now i swear, every other post is about his fitness triumphs.
    i dont know if im just a bit old school and missed the whole selfie train (sure ive taken them occasionally, especially if im with family and friends and want to be in on the photo for the memory), but it just seems that more and more people are looking outwards for acceptance and self worth, rather than looking inwards and being accepting and loving to themselves. it goes beyond selfies and in to drugs and alcohol abuse and sleeping around sooner then you probably should. and this starts at home with parenting and reinforcement. heck, even parenting your kid’s friends when they are over and reinforcing self acceptance and love.

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