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A Status Update On Facebook Behavior

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So Facebook users are “narcissistic.” I’m sure as hell not narcissistic, though I have every right to be.

Using Facebook is the online equivalent of staring at yourself in the mirror, according to a study.

That’s funny, considering I don’t look at myself in the mirror. Seriously, I don’t. I hate looking at myself so I just don’t bother.

Those who spent more time updating their profile on the social networking site were more likely to be narcissists, said researchers.

Facebook provides an ideal setting for narcissists to monitor their appearance and how many ‘friends’ they have, the study said, as it allows them to thrive on ‘shallow’ relationships while avoiding genuine warmth and empathy.

Oh hell, I avoided genuine warmth and empathy long before I learned of the ol’ FB.

They also tend to use the site for promoting themselves to friends or people they would like to meet, the study concluded.

Well no shit. It’s a social networking site.

Researcher Soraya Mehdizadeh from York University in Canada asked 100 students, 50 male and 50 female, aged between 18 and 25 about their Facebook habits.

ONE-HUNDRED students? Now that’s a sizable study sample. What’s the margin of error — 20 percent?

They all took psychology tests to measure their levels of narcissism, which the study defined as ‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance’.

Those who scored higher on the narcissism test checked their Facebook pages more often each day than those who did not.

There was also a difference between men and women – men generally promoted themselves by written posts on their Facebook page while women tended to carefully select the pictures in their profile.

OK, I may find some common ground with this one. There are some people who change their Facebook profiles/photos more often than I change my underwear.

The findings, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour And Social Networking, also suggested that those with low self-esteem also checked their Facebook pages more regularly than normal.

This may not be altogether surprising as it is widely thought, however contradictory it may appear, that narcissism is linked to a deep-rooted lack of self-esteem.

Miss Mehdizadeh admitted that not everyone would appreciate her findings.

She said: ‘I think people get sort of defensive about it – like, “I don’t use my Facebook for that reason” – because it’s a label that you don’t want to be slapped with.’

I happily admit I mess around on Facebook more than I probably should. It’s an excellent escape at work when I need to take a quick break from going insane. Actually, I use my status updates as a springboard into my posts at KK’s Korner. I post a quick thought on Facebook or Twitter and remember to write about that subject in more detail when I’m home. Not sure where this falls in the above-mentioned study, but that’s how I roll.

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September 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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Clearing House With This Scam

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People thought they had a chance with Publishers Clearning House? LOL.

A multistate investigation led by Oregon into whether Publishers Clearing House misled consumers about the chances of winning its sweepstakes has been settled for $3.5 million.

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said the settlement filed Thursday in Salem requires Publishers Clearing House to boost efforts to inform consumers that making a purchase does not increase their chances of winning.

Kroger said the company, which acknowledged no wrongdoing, also must hire an ombudsman to review mailings to ensure compliance with the settlement.

Thirty-one other states and the District of Columbia are also part of the settlement.

I remember watching Super Bowl XXX with my mom and grandma when a Publishers Clearing House ad got aired. The ad was supposedly a live shot of the Clearing House gang going to someone’s house to hand them a really big check. I turned to my mom and said, “Who actually thinks this is real?” Turns out the reason grandma was with us was because she was asked by Publishers Clearing House to let them know where she was going to be during the Super Bowl when the prize was to be delivered. Then again, this is the same grandma who always played the lottery and often called my mom telling her that she needed a ride out of state because she won some contest.

Old people.

And I’m moving closer to the front of this line with every passing year. I think when I get to be that age I’m just going to shun all phone calls and emails. Pft. Like I don’t do this already.

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September 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #21

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Whatever the number of times you are supposed to douse something with those butter spray bottles, you’re probably not supposed to do so many that you lose track of the squirt count.

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September 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Living Vicariously Is A Pittsburgher’s Pastime

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So on my Facebook page I see people on my friends list from places like N00-Yawk, Cincinnati and Philadelphia giving baseball-related updates on MLB division races.

And what can I bring to the discussion? Well, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hit a home run during batting practice at PNC Park.

Having captured a Stanley Cup championship and an Olympic gold medal, Sidney Crosby(notes) is obviously bored with the minutia of competitive hockey. So he’s branching out into Bo Jackson cross-training territory: First with his attempts to shoot pucks through the football uprights at Heinz Field to promote the Winter Classic, and then with batting practice at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park on Wednesday.

A batting practice that saw him go yard. Way, way yard.

So what’s a Southwestern Pennsylvania resident to do when it comes to baseball? Well, there’s nearby Washington County, home to the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Currently they are only 38-57 (.400 winning percentage). Compare that to the Pirates and their .338 percentage

And about two hours east of me, there’s the Pirates AA-affiliate known to many some as the Altoona Curve. What’s their record? Holy crap. It’s 82-60 record. These guys are going to make some fine ballplayers once the Pirates trade them away after a few years.

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September 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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Sushi Stereotype

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Earlier this week I went to the local grocery store for my weekly shopping excursion. I’ve talked before about this place going through renovations. Well now the store has a sushi bar. Why?

My redneck of the woods isn’t the most … progressive … place in the commonwealth. But here’s the funny part. The few times I’ve looked in the sushi bar’s direction, I’ve seen nobody but Asians working over at that part of the store.

In the seven years I’ve lived here, I don’t think I’ve seen more than two or three Asians outside of those who work at the local Chinese take-out restaurant. There aren’t any Asians working elsewhere in the store as cashiers or stockers. The hell?

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September 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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Positive-Thinking Message Is More Than Meets The Eye

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Awwww, Negatron is so adorable.

Was never into the Transformers. I think because I didn’t have the patience to fiddle with all those robot parts.

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September 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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I’m In The Zone With This Channel

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T-minus three days until the re-emergence of the NFL Network’s Red Zone channel. Yes, I’m counting down the days. Even I’m ashamed of myself on this one.

Wait a minute –no I’m not.

For those that don’t know what this channel is, it’s only only from 1 pm – 7 pm and airs nothing but Sunday NFL games across the country. No commercials. I love it. Well, actually, when the 4 pm games come around, the channel goes to some post-game interviews, but that’s OK. I started watching this channel early on last season and after a few weeks I realized how much I preferred this way to watch football. Damn there are a lot of commercials during a football game.

And the better half? She HATES this channel. The first time she spent more than 10 minutes in the living room with this station on she began bitching because she had no idea what was happening. “They go from game to game. How the hell do you know what’s going on?” Guess that contributes to my pseudo-ADD.

The MLB/NBA/NHL networks do similar broadcasts on their stations, as does ESPN from time-to-time. However, there’s a difference between the Red Zone channel and what these other networks do. Having some studio talk, commercials and “bonus coverage” of games is one thing. Spending an entire afternoon going from game to game commercial-free is another thing.

I only turn on this channel 17 times per year, but it’s one of my favorite stations. God bless you NFL Network.

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September 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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