We are increasingly living in a narcissistic society? If so, are social networks and other to blame?

You are really sharing or providing outlets for self-promotion?


It’s not tough to see why the Internet would create a good platform for a narcissist. Generally thought, they prefer one-way relationships, with the point of view toward themselves. This means some people are too much interest in and admire their own physical appearance or own abilities.  And the Internet offers both a vast potential audience, and the possibility for different image of you will allow doing that.

The emergence of the possible self is well happen where accountability is lacking and the true- self can be hided.”

There is significant link narcissism with high levels of activity on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or MySpace.  We are often pay attention and distinguish on what kinds of activity the narcissists are engaging in, through their news feed, though time-wasting, exactly self-centred. And people post online for different reasons. For example, in Twitter, the common trouble with determining ourselves is keeping in touch or not, where they are in the centre of online conversation. While narcissism possibly sets people engaging in the same online behaviours and they also have different motives for doing so.

How often people tweet or update their Facebook status, and how much they agreed with statements like “It is important that my followers admire me,” and “It is exciting that my profile makes others want to be my friend.” And people keep chasing to update their profile and status to follow up others, as long as to prove their ‘self’ (Forrester 2011).

Facebook has really been around Generation Y was increasingly growing up and they know it more as a communication tool, not a natural way. Nevertheless, adults who have not grown up in Facebook’s age, they are more likely getting higher intentional motives, such narcissism.” This frequently includes Facebook posters and photo taggers, as well as gets more Facebook friends.

Whereas on Facebook, the friend relationship is obvious, you may not want to follow someone on Twitter who follows you, though it is often polite to do so, if you are a kind of elegant one. Rather than friend-requesting people usually want to get attention from the social media followers by tweeting, which simply show the relevance between number of tweets and narcissism? (Beckjan 2014)

For the research of social media use, the college pupils prefer answering questions by taking personality tests to assess their narcissistic tendencies, while the white adults would like online surveys.

The more people get involved with Facebook, the more they likely to think other people’s lives were happier and better.” These heavy users were also more likely to negatively compare themselves to others and feel worse about them.


Walking down on the street you can see the number of people touching cell phones at their faces for “selfie.” on social networks and other new media simply to broadcast narcissistic tendencies.  

In other aspects, the “selfie” is like so much in the digital world – kind of all about “me,” but sometimes find an “us” is very hard and rare (Elizabeth & Barbara 2012)

It seem that people get self-promotional nature of these social media sites, as well as promoting in actual self-esteem in young generation, as significant phenomenon.

By nature of relying on user-generated content like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram encourage an endless flow of self-promotion. People can capture with their own image rather than interacting with others. My concern is what we can be deal with a world where everyone acts like the superstar of their own reality show. Do you think this is where we are headed?  (Freedland 2013, Psych Alive Organisation 2012).


Beckjan, J, 2014, ‘How to Spot a Narcissist Online’, The Atlantic, 16 January, viewed 6 August 2014, <http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/how-to-spot-a-narcissist-online/283099/>.

Elizabeth L, Barbara, S 2012, ‘Are people really more narcissistic than ever before? If so, are social networks and other new media to blame?’, Ted Conversation, viewed 8 August 2014, <http://www.ted.com/conversations/18501/are_people_really_more_narciss.html>.

Forrester, N 2011, ‘Social Media: An Epidemic of Narcissism’, Huffington Post, 12 December, viewed 2 August 2014, <http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/nicole-forrester/social-media–narcissism-_b_1128168.html>.

Freedland, J 2013, ‘The selfie’s screaming narcissism masks an urge to connect’, The Guardian Online News, 19 November, viewed 8 August 2014, <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/19/selfie-narcissism-oxford-dictionary-word>.

Psych Alive Organisation, 2012, ‘Is Social Media to Blame for the Rise in Narcissism?’, Psych Alive Organisation, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://www.psychalive.org/is-social-media-to-blame-for-the-rise-in-narcissism/>.



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