Facebook linked with narcissism

Social networking goes from the golden boy of media to the enemy of the public very quickly, depending on the week's findings. This week, Facebook is the enemy of everyone again, after it was discovered that there are some links between Facebook users with large numbers of friends and narcissism. Narcissistic tendencies were found among Facebook users who had the most friends and activity on the site, which would make sense.

As the Guardian reports, people who scored most highly on the Narcissistic Personality test also had the most Facebook friends and updated their status most regularly. Previous studies have suggested a link between the two, but this is the first time that a real correspondence between the two could be seen. The latest study was published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal, which seems to command some respect within its market.

The type of narcissism identified among more active Facebook users is 'socially disruptive', which is seen as being one of the more severe forms of narcissism. The study took place at Western Illinois University, with researchers studying the Facebooking habits of 294 students between the ages of 18 and 65. The two elements of narcissism observed were grandiose exhibitionism (GE) and entitlement or exploitativeness (EE).

Grandiose Exhibitionism includes: self-absorption, vanity, superiority, and exhibitionistic tendencies. People who score highly on this aspect of the personality disorder need to constantly be at the centre of attention, regardless of why they are surrounded in attention. They cannot stand being ignored or missing an opportunity to promote themselves. Entitlement includes a sense of deserving respect, and a willingness to manipulate others.

Carol Craig, of the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing, said youths in Britain are becoming more narcissistic and exhibiting these tendencies as well. The study director, Christopher Carpenter, feels that the darker side to Facebook needs closer examination for their research to be completely accurate for the future. The findings presented, while not exactly encouraging, could always be worse. Hopefully, narcissistic tendencies are the only real potential we could be seeing in the future.

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I can't help it if I have 2,000,000 friends because I'm super good looking, super smart and generally better than everybody else. It's not my fault! Now pardon me while I go admire that good looking fella in the mirror.
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Try telling this to any that has it or is already addicted to this crap.. they will just laugh in you're face then open facebook to talk about it.

Salty Wagyu said,
I took a narcissistic test (http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/narcissistic.htm) and scored 3. Apparently 12-15 is the average, 18 for celebrities, and 20 for Narcissists. Guess that's why I have no interest in Facebook!

I hate it when they have questions where none of the options are remotely accurate; e.g. "I must be the center of attention" / "Being the center of attention makes me pee my pants in fear" because there's no middle ground on that.

Solid Knight said,

I hate it when they have questions where none of the options are remotely accurate; e.g. "I must be the center of attention" / "Being the center of attention makes me pee my pants in fear" because there's no middle ground on that.

Yeah, that thing is pretty goofy. I scored high, but I'm an entrepreneur, so my "authority" score was out of control. Everything else was 0 (vanity) or very low.

Like the moderately attractive women who are trying to make it as a model, having 30,000 friends because she has lots of slutty pictures up?

No $#!+? Really? Who'd a thunk it? I hate FB... but at times it is the only way to get in contact with people because they are now to "LEET" to use E-mail.

I remember the times of, "Magic Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?". Now it is more like, "Facebook, Facebook on my monitor, who they think is the most beautiful of all ?" If you ask me it is just a big load of pathetic crap.

Duh. A social network that asks what's on you're mind. Of course it's all about you. You don't go on Facebook to talk about other people.

Well this is the bi-product of something so global and so in touch with everyone, the ability ot stand yourself out and say "OMG LOOK AT ME"

for Men : "Yeah check me out and all these girls I have on my fb friends - OFC I AINT DONE ANYTHING WITH EM"

for Women : "OMG look at all these boys who just want to add me and just do me, ironically i wont tell my friends I want to do them all otherwise i look weak"

Story of FB, Myspace, and very other social network. Period.

I really like Neowin for the most part but you guys don't half write about some crap sometimes.

Having lots of Facebook friends being linked to narcicism is OBVIOUS. I can't believe a university actually used funding for such a stupid study.

Its a known fact Mark Fagerberg couldn't get laid in a Morgue, even though David (King of Nonfactual Movies) Fincher depicts him as having a hot girlfriend in the Fagged Network.

Fagerbrgs only real determination for Fagbook was to be accepted by the Narcissists Dudes that ruled over him in college, they got all the hot girls and be wanted to be like them. Mark Fagerberg didn't even have the brain to phantom his ****ty website (Which was supposed to be just for the college crowd) would be a worldwide acceptance. Its was not because of Mark Fagerberg, but because of the huge Corporate Money Machines who saw his puke website as a possibility for worldwide audience cash cow.

UltraKill said,
Its a known fact Mark Fagerberg couldn't get laid in a Morgue, even though David (King of Nonfactual Movies) Fincher depicts him as having a hot girlfriend in the Fagged Network.

Fagerbrgs only real determination for Fagbook was to be accepted by the Narcissists Dudes that ruled over him in college, they got all the hot girls and be wanted to be like them. Mark Fagerberg didn't even have the brain to phantom his ****ty website (Which was supposed to be just for the college crowd) would be a worldwide acceptance. Its was not because of Mark Fagerberg, but because of the huge Corporate Money Machines who saw his puke website as a possibility for worldwide audience cash cow.

Someone here loves Facebook !

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