The More Facebook Friends You Have, The More Unhappy You Probably Are

A new study has discovered a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and how much of a "socially disruptive narcissist" you are -- giving us one more reason to tone down our Facebook addictions.

Photo by Dimitris Kalogeropoylos.

Researchers at Western Illinois studied 294 university students and found that those with more friends on Facebook tended to score higher on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire. They tended to respond more aggressively to comments, change their profile pictures more often, and updated their news feeds more regularly than others.

This may not be all that surprising, but it does provide a bit of motivation to re-evaluate what Facebook does for you if you fit into one of these categories (and if not, at least you can stop feeling bad about not having very many Facebook friends -- it's probably a good thing). None of this is to say Facebook is inherently bad, of course. It's still a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, especially after you've fixed all of its annoyances -- you might just want to dial back on all the photo tagging. Hit the link to read more.

Facebook's 'Dark Side': Study Finds Link to Socially Aggressive Narcissism [The Guardian]


Comments

    They needed to do a study to find this out?

    I just did a common sense study of this in my head and found that:

    People who use facebook more tend to have more facebook friends, tend to post more on facebook, and change their profile pictures more often.

      Fortunately nobody would ever pay any attention to your "common sense study of this in [your] head", because there is no reason that what goes on in your head would have any basis in reality. If "common sense" was good enough for science, we would be living in yurts and hunting down deer.

    Yeah, its' amazing what they waste money on. I did a common-sense study in my head on whether P=NP (it doesn't) but there are still mathematicians trying to work it out.

    Huh? People still using Facebook?

    I thought 2010 is past already...

      The alternative is?

        THE REAL WORLD.

          the real world includes facebook, duh.

            Well the alternative then is the REST of the world.

    yeah its true ..need to do a study !

    Another study by a psychotic depressive. What about Google + or Twit140

    If even a moderate user such as the author describes facebook as an addiction, then - I think that says enough.

    All of you - http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/14/hindsight-bias/

Join the discussion!