New research has emerged outlining even more dangers to social media. In fact, findings have revealed that sharing pictures like “selfies” excessively on these platforms can enhance narcissistic qualities, with a 25% increase in these traits for those who posted a large quantity of these types of photos over the four months the study was conducted.
This rise pushed some of the study’s participants past the cut off point as it relates to narcissistic personality disorder.
The research team stemmed from Italy’s Milan University and the U.K.’s Swansea University. They gathered 74 individuals ranging from 18 to 34 years of age. As stated above, the time period for the study was four months.
Thirteen percent of the participants used Snapchat and Twitter each; 25% used Instagram; and 60% used Facebook.
Participants were on social media for an average of three hours daily, which didn’t include work, with some reportedly on these sites for up to eight hours daily.
Generally speaking, those that posted photos in excess revealed a 25% increase in narcissistic traits, while those who posted words (versus images) did not show an increase.
Medical News Today revealed that according to the American Psychiatric Association, narcissistic personality disorder develops when an individual requires admiration from other people, yet lack empathy at the same time. As social media focuses on a person’s page, likes, followers, and views, someone who uses these platforms extensively can enhance their self-esteem by feeling more “seen”; however, it can lead to the need and want around more attention as well.
In fact, the “need” to post photos within seconds of snapshot, regardless of where the social media user is at or what they are doing, can create “oversharing”, which essentially feeds a person’s ego, and is a cause for concern.
The results of this study can cause some worry, and may provide insight to parents who may have teens, and want to learn more about social media effects on personality; however, it is important to note that more research is needed.