As per another Guardian report in March this year, reported a research finding that – People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly. This research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships. The latest study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, also found that narcissists responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about them on the social networking site’s public walls and changed their profile pictures more often.
In a recent survey in India it was found there is a considerable increase in young people using social media platforms like twitter and facebook. Twitter pushes individual to discover new words and acronyms of their own, to fit in 140 characters, which requires mental maths to decode the message and hence a new language which is point to point. Carol Craig, a social scientist and chief executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being, said young people in Britain were becoming increasingly narcissistic and Facebook provided a platform for the disorder.
A number of other studies have also linked narcissism with Facebook use, but this is some of the first evidence of a direct relationship between Facebook friends and the most “toxic” elements of narcissistic personality disorder.
In its research site Microsoft writes, “a large portion of language found in user-generated content is in the Informal English domain — a blend of abbreviations, slang and context specific terms; lacking in sufficient context and regularities and delivered with an indifferent approach to grammar and spelling”. (In context of organizing a workshop)