Narcissism and Teens: Facebook and Your Ego

Me, me, me! It’s all about me! Yes, Facebook college students and many others love promoting themselves virtually, however when does it cross the line into being narcissistic?

A revealing new study out by the researcher, Mehdizadeh, showed a statistically significant correlation between narcissistic students, and the number of times Facebook was checked per day as well as the time spent on Facebook per session.

Psych Central , Dr. John Grohol just published an article on the details of this research,  Narcissistic College Students Spend More Time on Facebook.

Facebook is currently the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users. More than 50% of Facebook’s active users log on to Facebook in any given day, while the average user has 130 social connections (what Facebook calls “friends”).  Since Facebook has expanded into Fan Groups, Charities and much more, there are more users and more reasons to sign up for Facebook.

Having self-esteem is a positive attribute for teens, it helps them to make better choices in life as well as gives them a better mental attitude.  However when does self-esteem cross over to narcissism?

As Facebook and other social networking sites continue to grow, parents need to continue monitor their teens and how they are using these sites.  Like talking to your kids about drugs, parents need to consistently remind their teens over and over again about cyber safety and the dangers that lurk in cyberspace and especially chatrooms.

Broward County’s Sheriff’s Department offers tips and resources for both parents and kids on social networking and Internet Safety.  Click here.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens!

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