Thursday, August 4, 2011

Are You a Facebook Narcissist?

Narcissist Defined-

1. self-admiration: excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness

2. personality disorder: in psychiatry, a personality disorder characterized by the patient's overestimation of his or her own appearance and abilities and an excessive need for admiration.

I came across an article, which claims you can tell how narcissistic a person is by their Facebook profile. The researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a study on this. They got over a hundred FB users and had them answer personality questionnaires. They also asked random people to comb through FB profiles and rate how narcissistic the profile owners were. 

A couple of the tell-tale signs of facebook narcissism are:

1. “Quantity of social interaction”

In other words, do you have a lot of stuff on your wall or not? Apparently, the more stuff you have on your wall and the more ‘friends’ you have, the more narcissistic you are. They said, and I quote: “This is similar to how narcissists behave in the real world, forming numerous but shallow relationships with others.”

Well, that just made me feel a whole lot better about only having 116 Facebook friends. :)

2. “Degree of self-promotion in your main photo”

Apparently, most FB users post simple snapshots of themselves while narcissists post really glamorous pictures. So, if you have a photo of yourself wearing diamonds, faux furs or false eyelashes, you are a narcissist for sure. (hehe)

To find out if you are a Facebook narcissist, read the article in it's entirety at Science Daily. Just click the folowing link:

Facebook Profiles Can Be Used To Detect Narcissism


Kathy said...

Interesting. I wonder what it means if you choose a caricature of yourself for your FB photo? Hmmm...

bbsmum said...

I keep changing my f/b pic to try and find one that doesn't make me look fat. The current one has me reclining in a Hollywood screen goddess kinda way with my hand half obscuring my mouth. Is this because
(a)I'm a narcissist or(b)I'm fat with bad teeth?
you decide... :)

DeeAnn said...

@ Kathy- Maybe it means you don't have ENOUGH self-confidence? :) I don't know...

@ bbsmum- I can't decide if I can't see the pic, can I? I know...since you no longer are writing on your blog, how about you friend me on facebook already?!
It's DeeAnn Lancaster, when you're ready. :)

carolinaheartstrings said...

Well . . . . . I would say CHS isn't, but I don't have a personal one so not sure what I would be.

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