According to a new study by Dr. Soraya Mehdizadeh of York University in Toronto, greater online activity on Facebook is correlated with low self-esteem and narcissism.
Hundred Facebook users’ profiles were analyzed against their real-world personalities. After having 50 male and 50 female student participants answer questions about their demographics, Facebook activity, self-esteem and narcissism, Mehdizadeh rated each student’s page for self-promotional content, assessing the “About Me” section, their profile photo, the first 20 pictures in the “View Photos of Me” section, the notes, and the status updates of each student, rating each page based on extent it self-promotes the user.
The results showed that students with comparatively lower self-esteem scores and higher narcissism scores not only spent spent more time on Facebook, but also tended to “self-promote” more than the students with higher self-esteem scores and lower narcissism scores. Facebook “self promotion” is described by ShockMD.com as “any descriptive or visual information that appeared to attempt to persuade others about one’s own positive qualities. For instance posting ‘My Celebrity Look-alikes’. Use of picture enhancement etc.”
The study concludes, a person’s Facebook profile does not necessarily provide an accurate representation of the person creating the page. A user who constantly updates his or her status, obsessively uploads new photos and excessively posts or comments on others’ walls, for instance, may be exhibiting narcissistic tendencies and battling issues of low self-esteem–or as All Facebook puts it, “those “cool” Facebook friends you have who keep spamming your news feed with constant information about themselves and how awesome they are may not be too awesome after all.” Source
I had always suspected that but never had any proof. I have a Facebook account which I hardly use, I have a LinkedIn account which I also hardly use. I don’t have have a Twitter account because I just think it is idiotic however my blog does have a Twitter account, which is really an automated feed to generate traffic but all it has got the blog is endless spam. Does that mean I have a high self-esteem?Channels: Facebook, low-self esteem, narcissism