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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Facebook Users With Lots of Friends More Likely To Be Narcissists By Thomas Claburn FROM Information Week

"Facebook users with a large number of Facebook friends and wallposts are more likely to be narcissists, according to a new University of Georgia study.

Laura Buffardi, a doctoral student in psychology, and University of Georgia associate professor W. Keith Campbell surveyed 130 Facebook users, analyzed their Facebook pages, and asked untrained strangers to assess the page creators' narcissism. Their findings, which will appear in October in the academic journal Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin, indicate that the number of Facebook friends and wallposts one has correlates with narcissism.

Campbell, in a University of Georgia news release, said that narcissism hinders the ability to form healthy long-term relationships. "Narcissists might initially be seen as charming, but they end up using people for their own advantage," he said. 'They hurt the people around them and they hurt themselves in the long run.' " 


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