Lots of Facebook friends and posting loads on Instagram could be a sign of THIS personality disorder
HAVING hundreds of friends on Facebook and constantly updating your Instagram feed reveals more than just how popular a person is.
It can give insight into whether or not they are a narcissist.
A new study from the University of Wurzburg found a weak to moderate link between a certain form of narcissism and social media activity.
Narcissists think of themselves as being exceptionally talented, remarkable and successful.
They love to present themselves to other people and seek approval from them.
Prof Markus Appel, who led the study, said: “Accordingly, social networks such as Facebook are believed to be an ideal platform for these people.”
Social networks give narcissists easy access to a large audience and allows them to selectively post information for the purpose of self-promotion.
Moreover, they can meticulously cultivate their image.
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Therefore, researchers have suspected social networking sites to be an ideal breeding ground for narcissists from early on.
Prof Appel and his team analysed 57 studies that look at links between social media sites and narcissism.
They found the more friends a person has, and the more photos they upload, the more likely they are to show traits associated with narcissism.
And they noted typical narcissists spent more time using social networks than average users.
Prof Appel added: “We suggest that the link between narcissism and the behaviour in social media follows the pattern of a self-reinforcing spiral.”
Around two billion people across the world use Facebook, while 500 million regularly post photos on Instagram and more than 300 million people use Twitter.
The new findings are published in the Journal of Personality.
Various studies have explored links between social network sites and mental health issues, including depression.
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