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Facebook and narcissism

Do you have lots of Facebook friends and very often update your status? Congrats! A new study by Western Illinois University suggests that you may be a narcissist. Thus, this study showed a link between the number of Facebook friends you have and how active you are on the site to the likelihood of being a «socially disruptive» narcissist.

«People who have a heightened need to feel good about themselves will often turn to Facebook as a way to do so,» study author Chris Carpenter from Western Illinois University told Mashable.

«Facebook gives those with narcissistic tendencies the opportunity to exploit the site to get the feedback they need and become the center of attention.»

Carpenter singles out two narcissistic behaviors: grandiose exhibition (people who want to be the center of attention) and entitlement/explotiveness (this category demonstrates how far the person will go to get the respect and attention).

«There isn't a baseline of how many friends a person has or how often they update their status that would qualify as them to have these narcissistic characteristics,» Carpenter said. «However, it's interesting to note how often these people use first-person pronouns such as 'I' and 'me' on the site.»

It is also said that there is a difference in the way how men and women promote themselves. Men tend to do this through “About me” description while women upload pictures containing flashy photos of their appearance.


Comments (2)

Wahr Darty Wahr Darty # 0 Up Down

So if I get often bored with my photos and status on Facebook and change it constantly, does it mean that I'm a complete narcissist? Not necessarily! That can mean absolutely different things: for instance, I lead a very social life or there're so many alterations in my life that I like to share.
I find this research a controversial one.

tauri tauri # 0 Up Down

Strange, I AM a narcissist, but I update my data, photos, whatsoever very-very rarely… Really strange.

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