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Title: Narcissists frequent Facebook and Twitter . Narcissistic traits are associated with higher Facebook use.
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Narcissistic personality disorder is broadly defined as having an inflated sense of one’s own self-worth. But the disorder includes sev...


Narcissistic personality disorder is broadly defined as having an inflated sense of one’s own self-worth. But the disorder includes several specific traits, including exhibitionism, superiority, entitlement, vanity, self-sufficiency, authority and taking advantage of others. Researchers attempted to measure each of these seven specific traits and determine which were most-closely associated with frequent use of social media. In two separate surveys of 486 college students and 93 adults (conducted in 2010 and 2011) participants were asked to select statements that best reflect themselves — ranging from “I always know what I’m doing”(narcissistic) to “Sometimes I am not sure of what I am doing” (not narcissistic).

The researchers discovered that the specific narcissistic trait exhibited depended both on participants’ age group and their preferred social media outlet. “Our findings suggest that for college students, posting on Twitter is associated with the Superiority component of narcissistic personality, while Facebook posting is associated with the Exhibitionism component,” according to the study’s abstract. The reverse was true for adults, who use Facebook – not Twitter — as a way to demonstrate superiority over their peers.

Interestingly, not all narcissistic traits are associated with higher Facebook use. “For college students, there’s no link between being considered authoritative and self-sufficient and higher frequency [of posts] on Facebook. For adults, there’s, in fact, a negative correlation between those leadership characteristics and the frequency with which they spend time on Facebook,” Panek explained to TIME.

So what’s wrong with being a little narcissistic? Plenty. The traits associated with the disorder can stunt the development of close, long-term relationships. What’s more, highly narcissistic people are more likely to react aggressively to criticism and to carry out actions that promote themselves at the expense of others. On the upside, narcissism also correlates with higher self-esteem and low anxiety.







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