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New Study Links Narcissism And Facebook Activity Showing An Increase In Acting Out

For the average narcissist, Facebook is a social networking  tool that may promote anti-social behavior.

Facebook “offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication,” according to study by Western Illinois University professor Christopher Carpenter.

The study was published this month in   Personality and Individual Differences, the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

In the study, Carpenter defined narcissism as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance,” according to a press release from the university. Using a Narcissistic Personality Inventory, Carpenter and his students surveyed 292 people – most of whom were college students – to measure “self-promoting” Facebook behavior, such as people posting status updates, their photos, updating profile information; as well as “anti-social behaviors,” including seeking social support more than providing it, getting angry when others do not comment on status updates and retaliating against negative comments.

This study was a follow up to  an earlier study that  indicated as kids, our early social networking consisted of going outside..

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