Narcissism or Openness?: College Students’ Use of Facebook and Twitter | Narcissism or Openness?: College Students’ Use of Facebook and Twitter | Scoop.it

Speculation that social networking sites (SNSs) breed narcissism has produced research with mixed results This study viewed SNSs as tools for communication and maintaining relationships, examining whether providing information about oneself reflects a positive attitude about sharing such information with one's social network, rather than reflecting narcissism. A questionnaire was completed by 233 undergraduate students. Results indicated that attitude toward being open about sharing information about oneself was significantly related to frequency of using Facebook® and Twitter to provide self-focused updates. Higher levels of narcissism were associated with a larger number of Facebook friends and with the number of self-focused “tweets” an individual sends.

 

Personality and Individual Differences , 50 , 706 – 711 .

doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.12.022

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