Watch Me: The Self-Centered influence of Social Media

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Watch Me: The Self-Centered influence of Social Media
One expert explains what sharing too much on social media reveals about your personality.

Twitter is a perfect match for this behavior because it allows one to broaden one's social circle and offer their views on a wide range of topics. What we use to share with an intimate few is now shared with the world. The UofM researchers involved in designing this study published it in the Journal of Computers in Human Behavior, and although it didn't prove the exact correlation between narcissism and social media, it certainly picked up on how social media enhances and possibly contributes to narcissism. The researchers went on to say that the study design included participants who were college age undergraduates and adults whose average age was thirty-five. The adults who scored higher in narcissistic personality traits used frequent updates on their status as a way to receive social approval. This incessant need to gain approval at all costs, and no longer value privacy is changing the way we relate to one another in our families, and in our intimate relationships. If nothing is private, then boundaries will become more and more open for conflict and betrayal, which will destroy the security built into family structure.

Teens have always been self-absorbed and self-centered. It is somewhat expected. However, what is not expected is the delay in growing out of self-centeredness. When you are self-centered you blow problems out of proportion and create unnecessary drama. Reality television is built on this premise. Young adults grow up with reality TV and continue watching these shows that involve self-centered exhibitionists willing to exploit others with their self-made drama that makes viewers looking in question, "Who cares?" Keep reading...

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