You don’t have to be online very long before you begin to see that people are posting far too many pictures of themselves. More than likely, these come from the same person over and over again, and some people may even end up posting more than 100 selfies every day! It seems like it doesn’t matter what they are doing; eating, looking at their dog or going for a walk, and they post a picture of themselves doing it.
When these people post pictures of themselves regularly, there may be more going on in the background than what meets the eye. As a matter of fact, there is at least one study that is showing that people who post selfies on a regular basis may actually be lonelier than what you could imagine.
We All Have That Friend That Posts Many Selfies
Perhaps it may even be you who loves to capture that perfect picture of yourself and post it to social media.
As it turns out, it may not be the healthiest habit. A study conducted in Thailand showed that people who are obsessed with selfies are also more likely to be lonely.
It may also be a sign of additional problems, such as with a person’s mental health or their relationship. At times, it may also mean that they are just attention seekers.
300 students were surveyed in Thailand to see how frequently they took selfies. The majority of those participants were between the ages of 21 and 24 and were female. Interviews were taken to see if they showed certain personality traits, including attention seeking, narcissism and self-centered behaviors. It also checked for loneliness.
According to the research, 50% of the spare time of those individuals was spent browsing the Internet or on their mobile phones. Research also showed that there was a connection between posting a lot of selfies and using social media heavily.
The researchers believe that both men and women who tend to be lonely post a lot of selfies to receive approval.
The lead researcher, Dr. Peerayuth Charoensukmongkol, said:
“Not only do individuals who become obsessed with taking selfies tend to feel that their personal lives and psychological well-being are damaged, but they may feel that relationship qualities with others are also impaired.”
“Taking selfies allows individuals to control what other people see in the photos, it is not surprising that those who exhibit these narcissistic characteristics tend to like selfies because it helps them achieve this personal goal.”
There has also been some possible connection between taking selfies and mental illness.
“While many people consider taking selfies to be an enjoyable activity, those who take selfies need to concern themselves with the unhealthy behaviors that might be associated with this activity as well,” Dr. Charoensukmongkol said.
Some psychologists also suggest that it is not an addiction but a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder, a form of anxiety.
That may be the reason why individuals who take selfies tend to care about themselves more than others.
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