November 12, 2018
Excessive use of social media – in particular the posting of images and selfies – has been linked to a subsequent increase in narcissism, research has found.
The study authors warned their findings could mean up to a fifth of the population could be at risk of developing such narcissistic traits associated with their excessive visual social media use.
Researchers from Swansea University and Milan University studied the personality changes of 74 individuals aged 18 to 34 over a four-month period.
They also assessed the participants’ usage of social media – including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat – during the period.
Those who used social media excessively, through visual postings, displayed an average 25% increase in such narcissistic traits over the four months of the study.
This increase took many of these participants above the clinical cut-off for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, according to the measurement scale used.
This article was posted: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10:29 am