Technology and Narcissism

Despite its potential to help us make connections, technology can also encourage and provide an outlet for a me-centered mentality. A study from the University of Western Illinois investigated the relationship between two aspects of narcissism—grandiose exhibitionism and entitlement/exploitativeness—and Facebook behavior.  

Those who scored high on a test for grandiose exhibitionism tended to use Facebook for self-promoting activities, such as frequently updating statuses and posting photos. Those who showed high levels of entitlement/exploitativeness were likely to exhibit anti-social Facebook behaviors, such as reacting angrily to critical comments and posting in ways that sought support without supporting their friends in turn. If you find yourself constantly changing your profile picture and getting upset when fewer than 50 people like your status, it may be time to take a long hard look in the mirror and reconsider your behavior. Narcissists like staring at mirrors, anyhow.

--Liz Soltan