Study Revealed Link between Facebook Friends & Narcissism

Mon 19 March 2012 14:00, Vitto Christaldi

Study Revealed Link between Facebook Friends & Narcissism

A recent study found out the direct link between the number of friends a person has on Facebook and the degree of narcissism. This study was published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences

From the questionnaires, the researchers learned that people who ranked high on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory have more friends on Facebook; which caused them to update their status regularly and change their profile pictures quite often.  They also often tag themselves on posts or photos.

According to the researchers from Western Illinois University, there are two social factors of narcissism: Grandiose Exhibitionism and Entitlement/Exploitativeness.  People with Grandiose Exhibitionism constantly need to be at the centre of attention; the characters of Grandiose Exhibitionism can be described by: superiority, vanity, self-absorption, and exhibitionistic tendencies. Entitlement/Explotitativeness, on the other hand, is a factor that makes people willing to manipulate or take advantage of others in order to get respect from people. But what is the connection between these narcissism social factors and Facebook?

The study reveiled that the highera person scores on Grandiose Exhibitionism and Entitlement/Exploitativeness, the more friends they have on Facebook and the more likely these people are to accept friend requests from strangers!

So does this mean almost all my friends on Facebook, including myself probably have a “narcissistic disorder”? How about you?


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