NarcissismResearch has shown that individuals with higher narcissistic personality traits tend to post more selfies on social media. Editing a selfie before posting it is a sign of even greater narcissism. Narcissistic individuals need admiration to function. Posting a selfie allows them to get this admiration by way of likes and comments. This sort of admiration is incredibly misleading due to the disingenuous nature of social media. That doesn't stop it from going to a narcissist's head, of course.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder"Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with body dysmorphic disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites," says psychiatrist Dr. David Veale. One British teenager with the disorder actually tried to kill himself when he couldn't get a perfect selfie. 19-year-old Danny Bowman spent 10 hours taking up to 200 selfies every single day. He didn't leave his house for six straight months. Of course, Danny's case is extreme. But the near-universal nature of his following statement sends shivers down my spine:
"The only thing I cared about was having my phone with me so I could satisfy the urge to capture a picture of myself at any time of the day."In body dysmorphic disorder patients, compulsive selfie-taking often accompanies an eating disorder.