New Study Says Facebook Users are Narcissistic, Insecure

Posted on September 8, 2010

A new study out of Canada says frequent Facebook users are likely narcissistic. For her undergraduate psychology thesis at York University in Canada, Soraya Mehdizadeh did a study about frequent Facebook users which was just published. The Toronto Star reports:
"Everybody knows somebody like that," Mehdizadeh told the Star on Tuesday. "They're updating their status every five minutes. They're telling you what celebrity they look like. They’re posting pictures of themselves in a bikini."

For her undergraduate psychology thesis, Mehdizadeh recruited 100 fellow university students and analyzed their Facebook postings under About Me, Status Updates, View Photos of Me, Main Photo and Notes. The more prolific the Facebook activity, the lower they rated on the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the higher in the Narcissism Personality Inventory.
Well, this is not terribly surprising, but it's nice to have a study you can hurl at anyone who grumps at you for not regularly updating your Facebook page. Global Network News reports:


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