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Social Networking and Narcissism

July 2, 2010

In an article entitled “Losing our minds to the web” (Prospect magazine, June 22, 2010), Evgeny Morozov points out a connection between the new social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and self-promotion.

An explosion in social networking activity has also triggered an avalanche of narcissism, especially on college campuses. A 2009 poll of 1,068 college students in the US conducted by researchers at San Diego State University found that 57 per cent believe that their generation uses social networking sites for self-promotion and attention seeking, while 40 per cent agreed with the statement that “being self-promoting, narcissistic, overconfident, and attention-seeking is helpful for succeeding in a competitive world.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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