Stop Adding Friends You Facebook Narcissists!

Posted Sep 24, 2008

Several researchers at the University of Georgia have analyzed the profile of Facebook users.  It turns out that there is a correlation between having a lot of friends and having a high feeling of self-importance.  This includes the number of wall posts and photos you are tagged in as well.  The study was published by Laura Buffardi and W. Keith Campbell. 

The Facebook researchers took the profiles of 130 users and asked strangers to judge whether those users were narcissistic or not.  And it turns out that the more narcissistic someone is, the less long-term relationships they will have.  “Narcissists might initially be seen as charming,
but they end up using people for their own advantage,” stated Campbell.  “They hurt the people around them and they hurt themselves in the long run.”

Personally I think that the study conducted by Buffardi and Campbell is narcissistic.  Who do they think they are?  What authority do they have to judge people that have a good number of friends, wall posts, and photos on Facebook?  Narcissistic is not a word that you throw around to call people that want to help market or promote themselves.  What’s the next study, Buffardi and Campbell?  Anyone that has a result on Google for their name is narcissistic too?