New social media study investigates relationships among Facebook use, narcissism and empathy — ScienceDaily
Dr. Tracy Alloway’s study explored narcissism among Facebook users ages 18 and 50. The discovered some Facebook features that correlate with selfishness (profile update frequency/profile pictures) and some with greater empathy (chatting).
According to Alloway, “Every narcissist needs a reflecting pool. Just as Narcissus gazed into the pool to admire his beauty, social networking sites, like Facebook, have become our modern-day pool.”
The study’s conclusion found overall that social media like Facebook is primarily a tool for staying connected than for self-promotion.
There are lots of caveats to the study, but I think we need to be reminded of both the dark and bright sides of the tools we adopt or use without consideration. I suppose I will ask myself now with every Facebook action: empath or narcissist?
University of North Florida. “New social media study investigates relationships among Facebook use, narcissism and empathy.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 July 2014. .