Researchers found that young adult college students who posted more often on Twitter scored higher in a measure of certain types of narcissism, whose traits include exhibitionism, exploitativeness, and superiority. “Young people may over-evaluate the importance of their own opinions,” communication studies doctorate and researcher Panek said in the statement. “Through Twitter, they’re trying to broaden their social circles and broadcast their views about a wide range of topics and issues.”

As far as middle-aged adult narcissists; the study determined this group posted frequent Facebook status updates as a way to garner approval.

“It’s about curating your own image, how you are seen, and also checking on how others respond to this image,” Panek said. ”Middle-aged adults usually have already formed their social selves, and they use social media to gain approval from those who are already in their social circles.”


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