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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.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

September 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Posted in News

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