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Are Facebook and Twitter Making People More Narcissistic?

I love my Twitter and Facebook as much as the next gal, but there might be some truth to this Venn Diagram.

Perhaps our inner self-promoters and oversharers would have found another way to self-promote and overshare, but these social media platforms sure have made it easy for everyone to get up-to-the-minute updates on how we're feeling and what we're doing — whether they like it or not!


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Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 7 years
I think it is funny because I feel as if Facebook is someplace for people to show off just how "perfect" their life is going. I often look at my old high school friends and wonder where I went wrong. They look so pretty, successful and like they are having the time of their life. They have men and friend and are just "PERFECT". I feel like Facebook and all these other network sights just bring out what people think of themselves anyway. Many people show off or act glamourous, or think that their shit smells like roses. Bottom line: These are usually the people that are the unhappiest of them all!
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I think for some people Facebook becomes a vanity project, but most people I know keep their information/photos private. If they're showing off, it's only to a select group of friends. Twitter seems more appropriately placed, since it's not really meant for reconnecting with people (Facebook can at least function in that way, rather than simply being a tool for self-promotion)... the communication is a little more one way, isn't it? But I don't use Twitter, and I only use Facebook sparingly.
karlotta karlotta 7 years
They're also wonderful places to strengthen friendships. I've moved around a lot and my friends are all over the world; with Facebook, I can keep in daily touch with most of them. And when my Dad got sick last year and passed away a couple of months ago, I don't know what I would have done without my facebook community's support. Everybody was there for me every day, and it made a huge difference.
bluestar bluestar 7 years
I think it makes the already narcissistic more narcissistic. I have one friend who updates his FB status every 5 minutes with stuff like, "I have a wet nipple!" He has an obvious need for attention that he doesn't get in real life. Thank god for the "hide" button!!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I don't know if it makes people narcissistic or gives narcissistic people a place to show off. The people who really annoy me are the ones that have 200 profile pictures- not just pics tagged, but profile pictures- when they've only been on fb for a year. Why change your profile pic every other day? And the constant, meaningless status updates? Don't get me started!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I think it can be a tool for narcissists to flaunt themeselves more. But not everybody is looking to post scantily clad photos of themselves or post how they got so f*cked up last night. For a lot of people, it can be a really great way to stay in touch. I hate talking on the phone but have no problem sending an email through facebook to a friend to find out how they are doing. I've been able to connect with people I haven't talked with in 15 years and it's great to find out how they are doing. I can post pictures of my pets or important moments and share them with all my friends without having to send them copies. I love the ease of staying in touch and the fact that I can find out little things about my friends that don't come up in everyday conversations. I also find that it's a great way to support people who are enduring something, like an illness. They can blog about their conditions without having to constantly repeat it in person,and you can provide support through these mediums.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
aww thank you Spacekatgal, that's very sweet.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I don't think it makes people more narcissistic I think it just allows them to flaunt it more easily. Most of the people who appear narcissistic on these sites are that way in real life situations as well. They'll find any opportunity they can to talk about themselves and have it be "all about them." On the other hand, these sites make it a little easier for the shy types to talk a bit about themselves more than they do or would in real life situations. The ones that I really don't like are the ambiguous statements on their profile updates. Something like "OMG I can't believe what happened just happened!" and that's it, no details, no explanation. But obviously they're looking for the "Oh my god, what happened??" "Are you alright??" "I'm worried about you!"... 99% of the time my status updates are a quote of the day. Mainly because my life is just not that interesting - at least not to people who are looking for stuff like the above lol, and I really don't think my friends care if I'm doing laundry that day or not lol.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
sorry for the blatant typos in my post, i just reread it! i meant it makes your life more PUBLIC and makes you want to SEEM extra exciting!
kia kia 7 years
It all depends on how you use the mediums. I don't do facebook, because my BFFs high-school stalker found me when I got on, I immediately left. I twitter and am very active with the community I live around and two subjects that are part of my life. I RT events and interact with people involved with similar subject matters to me, but I check the personal TMI stuff at the door. I also unfollow the hot messes almost immediately that use the site for personal therapy.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
totally agree, skigurl.... it doesn't make people one way or another, but it gives a really easy way to make oneself look sparkly and interesting
skigurl skigurl 7 years
jessie, i don't really agree that it's "just online games and friendships"...well some sites are, for sure, but facebook is REAL friends/friendships (or at least people you tangentially know in real life) - missteps on that site can affect your life...of course other sites like weird gaming sites and that kind of crap isn't going to affect your real life but anyway, i voted yes but i don't think it makes us MORE narcissistic so much as it brings out the inner narcissist in everyone because it makes your life more publis...everyone is self absorbed to a point but facebook and twitter make you want to seen extra exciting, interesting, and beautiful to the outside's a way of getting yourself out there without having to parade through town
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
Some people take these website TOO personal. I mean it's just online games and friendships. It's not anything real to get upset or narcissistic over. Some people need more of a life but these are the only type of websites that will cater to their odd behavior sometimes.
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