Facebook Friends Linked to Narcissism in New Study? Um, duh.

by Michelle Lamar on March 20, 2012


Face, Facebook!*

Do you have a lot of Facebook friends? Do you update your Facebook status frequently? You might just be a a narcissist, according to a new study. Yikes!

A new study from Western Illinois University reports that people who scored high on a Narcissistic Personality Inventory test have a lot of Facebook friends and update their Facebook status regularly.

In an interview with Mashable, author of the study Chris Carpenter from Western Illinois University explained:

People who have a heightened need to feel good about themselves will often turn to Facebook as a way to do so. Facebook gives those with narcissistic tendencies the opportunity to exploit the site to get the feedback they need and become the center of attention.

The study reported that people who scored high on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory shared similar Facebook habits. Participants in the study who had more Facebook friends, tagged themselves in photos and updated their status throughout the day were more likely to have narcissistic traits.

Wow! I have over 1,000 Facebook friends, so that means I could be a narcissist. Crazy! All this time I just thought I was lazy because I used Facebook as a way to mass communicate with friends and family. I also thought I was just procrastinator, wasting time on the social network instead of working or doing laundry. Who knew?

Go here to read more about the study, which was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.  The research surveyed 300 participants who took a Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire.

* “Face, Facebook!” should be interpreted in the exactly the high-school way it is usually intended.


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