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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 09:57

Using facebook means you are vain

Written by Nick Farell
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A top shrink has revealed
Facebook was shown to have some links self-esteem and narcissism in young adults, according to a study conducted by a top shrink at York University in Toronto. In a survey of 100 college students, young people with narcissistic personality traits were shown to exhibit Facebook activity that was distinctly more self-promotional.

According to the boffin in charge of the report Soraya Mehdizadeh, these people had "About Me" sections that referred to their intelligence and photos that were more about displaying the user's physical attractiveness than about capturing memories with friends. She defined narcissism as "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance."

Facebook "offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication" and a great deal of control over how he or she is presented to and perceived by peers and other users. She thinks that narcissists would show more overall Facebook activity than average users and that their activity would be more self-promotional, either descriptively or superficially.

People who scored higher on the study's narcissism test also spent more time on Facebook and checked it more times each day than their less narcissistic counterparts. Blokes were more self-promotional in their "About Me" descriptions, using this section as an opportunity to highlight their intelligence and wit. Female users with tended to use images in their self-promotion, uploading content that "include revealing, flashy and adorned photos of their physical appearance."

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+16 #1 Alexko 2010-08-31 11:20
No kidding…
 
 
-1 #2 thaad 2010-08-31 12:59
Yes, That is true... But in the same time.. we able to keep our old friend in touch & keep update with them when you leave school, university or change job career.
 
 
+2 #3 ghelyar 2010-08-31 13:13
Quote:
young people with narcissistic personality traits were shown to exhibit Facebook activity that ...



Taking a sample of people who are already narcissistic and observing their facebook behaviour in no way implies that facebook made them that way. This is completely backwards.


The main reason most people seem to use Facebook today is that it is so widespread you are shooting yourself in the foot if you don't. People frequently ask for Facebook as contact information. When I run into people that I haven't seen in years, they don't ask for my phone number they ask for my Facebook.

Hence shirts such as "No I am not on F*!#ing Facebook"
 
 
-2 #4 Coliz91 2010-08-31 14:00
Quoting thaad:
Yes, That is true... But in the same time.. we able to keep our old friend in touch & keep update with them when you leave school, university or change job career.


....and that's the reason i'm still using facebo0k besides playin games :D :D :D
 
 
+8 #5 nforce4max 2010-08-31 14:07
That is what Facebook is for to inflate ones ego while continuing a futile attempt to further their fading popularity. Society these days is psychopathic in nature leading to many woeful problems that could have been avoided in a moral society but instead in some place we got body bags to show for it.
 
 
+5 #6 Scootiep 2010-08-31 15:06
I always like to point out that there are quite a large number of us who have joined Facebook simply to get our significant others to stop bitching at us to do so or to simply play a game like Evony or Mafia Wars or only to keep in touch. I think that throughout my entire 3 year experience with Facebook, I have updated my status twice. Before I started playing Evony with a few friends recently, I never logged in more than once every two months and I have yet to update any pictures beyond the 10 I originally uploaded nearly 3 years ago. Just because we're on Facebook doesn't mean we care about it.
 
 
-1 #7 Squall_Leonhart 2010-08-31 16:58
top shrink must be low on incoming cash.
 
 
-1 #8 Adamal 2010-09-01 04:45
Just because I post up pics of my handsomely chiseled face or activities that I'm ridiculously awesome at doesn't mean I'm vain.
 
 
0 #9 thematrix606 2010-09-01 16:57
Quoting Adamal:
Just because I post up pics of my handsomely chiseled face or activities that I'm ridiculously awesome at doesn't mean I'm vain.


I hope that was sarcasm.

Rated this article a 5. People need to get out more.
 

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