Beware!! Facebook Can Tell If You’re A “Narcissist” Or “Insecure”

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May 24 2015
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Do you post about your relationship often on Facebook? If the answer is “yes”, then you’re suffering from a sickness known as “low self-esteem”. Do you like to post about your achievements? Then you’re a boastful “narcissist” crazy for attention. This was the results revealed after a new study done by Brunel University.

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The research was based on an analysis from 555 online surveys completed by Facebook users. The surveys focused on the “Big Five” personality traits, namely extroversion, openness, agreeableness, neuroticism and conscientiousness as well as self-esteem and narcissism. Researchers found users tended to post updates in line with their personality traits.


Interestingly, the analysis found that users high in “neuroticism” sought the validation from others that they can’t find offline. When they receive “more likes” and comments they tend to experience the benefits of social inclusion, whereas those who receive none feel ostracised. On the other hand, “extroverts” take advantage of Facebook as a tool for social engagement and create statuses about social activities, less motivated by “likes”.

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A “narcissist” is more likely to post about health and fitness topics “suggesting that they use Facebook (Nasdaq: Stock, FB) to broadcast the effort they put into their physical appearance,” They get great pleasure when their updates about achievements receive the most “likes”. The narcissists care very little about anything else except a high number of “likes”.


Meanwhile, facebookers who post topics about political beliefs and intelligent facts are people who possess openness, curious and creative personality. According to the research report,  this group of people seek less social interaction and more information sharing, motives conducive to sharing impersonal information, such as current events and research.

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Conscientious users post infrequently and when they do post, it is most often about their children. Here’s the interesting part. People who post mostly about romantic partners on Facebook are actually people with low self-esteem. The reason – they try to quell insecurities and demonstrate to others that their relationship is doing well.


Recently, a similar research was carried out by researchers at Union College in New York. Based on their surveys of nearly 600 Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 83, they found that people who tend to “feel insecure in their relationships” are more active on the social networking site, posting status updates and writing on walls, commenting on posts and photos, and “liking” updates in the hopes of getting a little attention.

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So, to which group do you think President Obama belongs to? Do you think Prime Minister Najib Razak and Godfather Mahathir Mohamad have very different personality, now that their political rivalry has entered a very critical stage? Here’s the tips – Najib is a crazy Facebook user while Mahathir … Err, does he really facebooking compares to blogging?


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