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While social media brings a lot of great things to the table—like connecting people from all over the world together—it has also had some negative consequences. For example, it may be turning us into narcissists. Narcissism is a personality disorder that’s characterized by a preoccupation with self and how one is perceived by others. Narcissistic individuals tend to dismiss, negate or ignore the concerns of others—and they tend to believe they’re above the rules. They hate taking criticism or responsibility—and they typically get angry or irritated very easily.
Research from California State University reveals that excessive use of social networking may be connected to such psychiatric problems as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, depression, hypochondriasis, voyeurism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizoaffective and schizotypal disorders.
Those who are very active on Facebook and Twitter tend to have narcissistic or insecure personalities, according to credible studies. In many cases, those who frequently update Facebook statuses or post Tweets are doing it to glorify themselves.
Do you think narcissism is an inevitable reaction to our social networking culture? Please share your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to check out the infographic below to learn more.
Brian Wallace is the President of NowSourcing, Inc., a premier social media firm specializing in infographic design, development and content marketing promotion. The company is based in Louisville, KY and works with companies that range from small business to Fortune 500.