Saturday, September 11, 2010


A study on people who are avid fans of it;

[Participants] all took psychology tests to measure their levels of narcissism, which the study defined as ‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance’ Those who scored higher on the narcissism test checked their Facebook pages more often each day than those who did not.

I didn't even want my own facebook page. Somebody else *cough* created it for me. I think it's been a week or so since I've logged on. And as Sullivan points out, there was a South Park espisode where somebody did the same thing to Stan.


Kor said...

You could probably apply the same study to Twitter.

Tom said...

I don't get twitter at all. I don't give a enough of a fuck about anybody to read their twitter posts. It's different if somebody does blogging and such.. I read quite a few on a daily basis, but it's a longer form where there is some content there to make a point.

Maybe I should create a twitter account just to post most inane things that occur to me during the day. That would probably turn out to be more popular than my long form blogging.

Kor said...

I don't really get it either. I don't understand how common people seem to think that what they're doing at any given point in time during the day is of such a level of interested that people need to be updated on it in real time.

I mean I can kind of understand it from a promotional standpoint or from a journalistic perspective, at least theres something of value to be gleaned there. But I really don't think people need to know about the quality of my morning coffee, or how snarky the lady at the sandwich shop was.

And Facebook... well that shit is just evil.

John Ensminger said...

I started using facebook as a social tool, connecting with people without actually having to get together in person. Since I am in sales, and sales depends on the number of connections and maintaining relationships with people, it is a great tool to promote yourself, to promote your services, to promote your company, to promote something that you are selling, all while still having a basic social connection with people you know........without having to get face to face with each person.

Dan said...

I can't read the article because my access to uni databases is down atm (it's on PsychInfo, which means it's not a quack journal) but at least on the surface that study is terrible.

It only takes university students.
It only takes people ages 18-25.
And if their criteria for narccisim includes "women don't post picture that make them look stupid/ugly on facebook" then not only is a generalization to everyone on Facebook bad based on their selection criteria, but their definitions need work. This smells of a publicity grab to me.

Tom said...

I'd imagine narcissim tends to scale with age.. so ya.. rather limited study.