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Do Selfies Mean You're a Bad Person?
By: Jessica Cherok
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It's no secret that taking a lot of selfies may be an indication of someone being a narcissist, but new research is beginning to show that this level of self-involvement may be an indication of something much more sinister.

Enter "The Dark Triad."

Sounds ominous, right? That's because it is. This collection of personality traits isn't something you would want to be known for. Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy make up the triad, and posting a lot of selfies is a telltale sign someone is part of this trifecta of suck.

If you're not familiar with what these terms mean, here's a summary: manipulative, self-centered jerkface.

How much someone is part of the triad depends on how many selfies they have posted, how often they change their profile pictures, and if they use photo-editing software on the photos. The higher the number of any to all of these factors, the more likely the person is to be part of The Dark Triad.

Feeling a sudden urge to check the number of selfies in your Facebook profile?

What is particularly concerning about this trend is that it isn't just real-world narcissists exercising their self-promoting tendencies online. Normally selfless people are actually becoming more selfish and narcissistic. It's like The Dark Triad is a cult!

Still, experts warn against vilifying rampant selfie posters. Many people behave differently online than they do in real life, and may be perfectly humble and selfless in the real world.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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