Selfie link to van­ity

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

EXCESSIVE use of so­cial me­dia, par­tic­u­larly post­ing self­ies, has been linked to an in­crease in nar­cis­sism.

Re­searchers from the Swansea and Mi­lan uni­ver­si­ties stud­ied per­son­al­ity changes in 74 peo­ple aged 18-34 over four months while as­sess­ing their use of so­cial me­dia. Those who posted an “excessive” num­ber of pic­tures of them­selves dis­played an aver­age 25 per cent in­crease in nar­cis­sis­tic traits, taking many above the clin­i­cal cut-off for Nar­cis­sis­tic Per­son­al­ity Dis­or­der. Nar­cis­sism can in­volve ex­hi­bi­tion­ism, be­liefs about en­ti­tle­ment and ten­den­cies to ex­ploit oth­ers.

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