Facebook's 'dark side': study finds link to socially aggressive narcissism

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    Mar 18, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    Does this actually surprise anyone?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/17/facebook-dark-side-study-aggressive-narcissism?fb=native
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    "young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships."

    The data must be flawed. A prior thread on RJ already established that baby boomers' parenting caused these problems for younger generations.
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    Doesn't surprise me in the slightest. It's evident in the way a lot of the youth conduct themselves. It's not just Facebook though. The media in general is responsible too, portraying self absorbed narcissists as people to look up to/admire.

    This part of the article struck me as ringing very true. I've seen evidence of it on this website too with certain members.

    'grandiose exhibitionism (GE) includes ''self-absorption, vanity, superiority, and exhibitionistic tendencies" and people who score high on this aspect of narcissism need to be constantly at the centre of attention. They often say shocking things and inappropriately self-disclose because they cannot stand to be ignored or waste a chance of self-promotion.'

    It does 'seem' more prevalent in the U.S though versus other countries but to what extent I don't know. It's a fascinating subject though thanks for the link.
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    Obviously Facebook was the cause of Narcissus extreme and ultimately fatal narcissism, you know in ancient Greece.

    Cause they had Facebook and all.
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    I wonder if its not just modern society indeed.... it does seem to get rather prevalent
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 18, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    I can sort of believe it, but the platform was created so....

    In the end, I don't think it's a big issue for most Facebook users...
    just a few.
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    the most worthless study EVER
  • dancedancekj

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    Mar 18, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    In other news, I scored very high on the NPI questionnaire. I blame Facebook.
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    Mar 18, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    FYI, I'm releasing a study tomorrow that says donuts lower the risk of heart disease, help pack on lean muscle, and increase libido.

    You heard it here first!
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    Mar 18, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    It just goes to show how shallow dudes and others are in this day and age of extending their "15 minutes of fame".

    They are challenged in the self esteem department and find ways to boost what little of whatever they have.
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    Mar 18, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidthe most worthless study EVER


    Why, because it confirms what many people already suspected? lol. Its a good thing, now you have proof! (If that was your hypothesis, anyway).
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    Mar 18, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Why is tagging yourself and posting updates a sign of narcissism?
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    The problem is nothing new. Technology like Facebook just makes it easier to promote yourself and gives you a much larger audience.
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidFYI, I'm releasing a study tomorrow that says donuts lower the risk of heart disease, help pack on lean muscle, and increase libido.

    You heard it here first!


    mmmmm...magic donuutts...
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    Ruskach saidWhy is tagging yourself and posting updates a sign of narcissism?


    I don't think its a matter of tagging and posting updates; its a matter of how much. I have friends who seem to live their entire lives on FB. I get updates on every movement they make. I really do not need to know what you had for breakfast and lunch or what you are preparing for dinner or other such minutiae of your life.
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    This is true for all social media, even RJ. How many times have you started a thread and hoped someone would acknowledge and respond to it?

    Social media is different from person-to-person communication where you get non-verbal cues of acknowledgement. When people post online they are essentially speaking to a digital abyss, hoping someone is watching and will reciprocate.

    Now acknowledge this damn post! icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 18, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidDoesn't surprise me in the slightest. It's evident in the way a lot of the youth conduct themselves. It's not just Facebook though. The media in general is responsible too, portraying self absorbed narcissists as people to look up to/admire.

    This part of the article struck me as ringing very true. I've seen evidence of it on this website too with certain members.

    'grandiose exhibitionism (GE) includes ''self-absorption, vanity, superiority, and exhibitionistic tendencies" and people who score high on this aspect of narcissism need to be constantly at the centre of attention. They often say shocking things and inappropriately self-disclose because they cannot stand to be ignored or waste a chance of self-promotion.'

    It does 'seem' more prevalent in the U.S though versus other countries but to what extent I don't know. It's a fascinating subject though thanks for the link.
    If that doesnt define a very large number of Rjrs, nothing will!
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    Mar 18, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    I don't think Facebook necessarily creates narcissists; it just gives them a platform, and makes them more visible.

    With or without social media, we are a pretty self-absorbed generation.