Grandiosity on display: Social media behaviors and dimensions of narcissism

Author: Singh, S.; Farley, S.D.; Donahue, J.J.

Description: This study examined the relationship between dimensions of narcissism and selfie posting/sending frequency and other self-promoting behaviors on social media. Participants (N=124) completed an online survey of narcissistic traits and social media use. Global narcissism was significantly correlated with numerous social media behaviors, including frequency of selfie posting, perceived attractiveness of selfies, tag/comment/like behaviors, as well as variables specific to individual social media platforms. Among narcissism dimensions, Grandiose Exhibitionism exhibited the most consistent association with social media behaviors. The Leadership/Authority dimension generally demonstrated the weakest correlations with selfie posting/sending frequency and other social media behaviors. Additionally, PROCESS analyses revealed that traits reflecting global narcissism, Grandiose Exhibitionism, and Entitlement/Exploitativeness were associated with selfie posting/sending frequency through a motivation for others to show interest and admiration. Implications for this research and future directions are discussed.

Subject headings: Social media; Narcissism; Grandiose exhibitionism; Selfie

Publication year: 2018

Journal or book title: Personality and Individual Differences

Volume: 134

Pages: 308-313

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 3014