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Active Facebook Users Are Insecure and Narcissistic

New Study Says Facebook Users Are Insecure and Narcissistic

A 2008 study found Facebook users who upload flattering profile photos and amass friends are especially narcissistic (duh), but now it turns out all Facebook users may fall into the same category — at least those users who spend the most time updating their profiles and cruising Facebook for updates.

According to a Canadian researcher, who surveyed 100 students (50 men, 50 women) between the ages of 18 and 25 on their Facebook habits, frequent users tend to be the most insecure and self-centered. After quizzing each subject on his or her Facebook usage, she had them take a personality test to determine their level of narcissism. Those students deemed by the test to be the most narcissistic were also those who checked their Facebook profiles the most.

There's more! Find out what else the study concluded after the break.

Additionally, the study suggested that those with lower self-esteem checked their Facebook pages more often. One final item of note — according to the same results, women are more likely to self-promote on Facebook with a flattering photo, while men are more likely to use carefully worded posts.

While the correlation between narcissism and insecurity may seem strange, researchers believe that narcissism is actually rooted in a lack of self-esteem. Whether or not the findings hold true for everyone, I know I'm going to think twice before checking my Facebook page for the fifth time today!

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Frenched Frenched 6 years
*move on.
Frenched Frenched 6 years
There might be some truth to this but, I think it mostly applies to those people who CONSTANTLY update their status for any single little mundane thing and who constantly change their userpics and the pictures don't really look like them. I'm a frequent Facebook user but only 'cause I'm bored or I can't think of what other site to visit. I just scan my friends page quickly and move in.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
honestly....I go on FB because I am bored @ work. I never go on while @ home lol...and when I worked in the bar I was barely alive on FB!
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I think the photo thing is kind of a ridiculous conclusion. Who puts a bad picture of them self on anything if it can be avoided. I took my passport pictures twice just to avoid looking the way I do when I get off an international flight. You would have to have some worse mental issues if you put up a bad picture of yourself as a profile picture. Now I know we all have those friends though that require photo approval prior to allowing you to upload pictures from the night before. I tend to only do this to make sure I'm not doing anything that would look bad to future employers or clients not whether or not I look good, but one of my friends requires all pictures to go through photo editing to improve lighting, clear up an blemishes, and thin out her waist. She is the master retoucher. I found it's just easier not to take pictures of her anymore.
ampersand1 ampersand1 6 years
:ROTFL: I love it!!
foxie foxie 6 years
Well, I suppose since my profile picture isn't a cross-eyed shot of myself with a big booger hanging out of my nose, I am probably pretty narcissistic and self-loathing. I think studies like this are silly. Who funded it? What does it matter?
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