Narcissistic power poster? On the relationship between narcissism and status updating activity on Facebook

Fenne Große Deters, Matthias R. Mehl, Michael Eid

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Abstract

The pervasiveness of social networking sites and the popularity of status updates have prompted the question whether excessive online self-presentation is motivated by narcissism. The present studies assessed (1) whether this concern is shared by users of social networking sites, and (2) the actual relationship between narcissism and frequency of status updates using self- and informant reports of narcissism and an observational measure of status updating activity. Results confirmed that users of social networking sites believe that narcissism strongly predicts status updating activity. However, analyses of the actual relationship in a German and US sample yielded null-results. Using the equivalence testing approach allowed us to conclude that the effect of narcissism on status updating activity is not substantial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume53
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Internet methodologies
  • Narcissism
  • Online self-presentation
  • Social networking sites
  • Status updates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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