6 Studies That Link Narcissism With Heavy Social Media Use
Thanks to social media, narcissists can now influence large numbers of people at the press of a button, but just how is this modern-day internet phenomenon linked to such a destructive personality disorder?
There are growing numbers of research studies that are looking at the ways narcissists behave online. While a definitive answer may be some years off, results from several such studies are starting to reveal the hallmarks of narcissists, their activity, and the impact of social media on the development of narcissism.
The headlines include:
1. Narcissists are more like to be heavy users of social media and are prone to sharing self-promotional photos and status updates.
The author of this study believes that because narcissists find it more difficult to sustain real life relationships, they are more naturally drawn to the world of online friendships and the emotionless communication this can create.
2. People who take and share selfies on social media are more likely to show narcissistic tendencies.
The study also suggested that editing photos prior to sharing was an even stronger sign that a user was a narcissist.