According to a new University of Georgia study, Facebook profiles can be used to detect narcissism. How do you determine narcissism exactly from looking at a Facebook profile? Well “the number of Facebook friends and wallposts that individuals have on their profile pages correlates with narcissism.” The article continued that “Narcissists are also more likely to choose glamorous, self-promoting pictures for their main profile photos, while others are more likely to use snapshots.”
After reading through the article I’ve determined that I must be a narcissist! According to the study not everybody on Facebook is a narcissist. The narcissists tended to have a larger number of contacts on Facebook and use those contacts for self-promotion. Random people were also able to detect narcissists by looking at user profiles.
Many of the younger users who grew up on MySpace and Facebook have been criticized for being overly narcissistic. Unfortunately this study couldn’t determine whether narcissism was growing, only that it is detectable on Facebook. Have you found that Facebook users tend to be more narcissistic? Do you think that it is easier to determine narcissism with the help of Facebook profiles?