How Social Media Is Turning Us Into Narcissists

December 12, 2013
Narcissism is described as a personality disorder in which people become preoccupied with how others perceive them -- and according to studies, social media is a haven for those who have it. Individuals who are narcissistic are constantly looking for ways to be appreciated for the way they look or their intellect. It gives them a sense of satisfaction which explains their self-engrossed behavior. There are studies that show how social media may lead to problems like narcissism and depression. Here are some explanations.

1. Failing to listen

Narcissists have a know-it-all attitude in which they fail to listen to what others have to say, unless it focuses on them or their achievements. They tend to negate or dismiss other people?s concerns.

2. Inability to criticize

Since they consider themselves more important than others, it is very difficult for narcissists to accept criticism and would often show anger or a negative reaction if people point out their flaws.

3. Does not take responsibility

Since they think that they?re always right, narcissists will blame imperfections and faults on others other than themselves.

4. Breaking rules

They also tend to break the rules or force their own created laws over other people since they cannot accept responsibility or feel as if they are managed by someone else.

Social Media Effects

There are several psychological effects that can result from social media use such as ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphia, voyeurism, schizoaffective and schizotypal disorder, addiction, etc. On Facebook, people with high narcissistic scores were shown to post more frequently and take pictures of themselves. On Twitter, people are found to constantly aim to expand their circle and evaluate how others view them. Constant use of social media can make people more conscious on how they act, think or look, which can lead to personality problems.

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