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4 Signs You May Be a Social Network Narcissist

That sexy photo on your Facebook profile may reveal more than you realize. Could you be a social network narcissist?

By (@JRRaphael)

July 19, 2009

Facebook NarcissismYou’re so vain, you probably think this story’s about you. Of course, it very well may be.

Your social network profile, it turns out, tells an awful lot about your personality (and not just through the cute answers you provided in the “About Me” section, either). Psychologists have identified a list of online behaviors that seem to indicate high levels of narcissism. And, being that we are the Absolute Greatest Web Site in the World™, we thought we’d share it with you.

The researchers, from the University of Georgia, first measured subjects’ narcissism levels using an online personality test. They then had a bunch of strangers look at the subjects’ Facebook pages. They found the strangers were consistently able to tell which people were the most narcissistic just by glancing over their profiles.

So what were the signs? First, the docs say the narcissists had high levels of social network interaction, but mainly with messages that were neither entertaining nor clever. (I’m relieved to be in the clear there.) The other three profile-based predictors of excessive self-love:

  • Sexy or attractive profile photos. Your tanned torso isn’t tricking anyone.
  • Overuse of quotes that make you look good. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  • Self-promoting status updates. Only a real jerk would waste everyone’s time with that kind of solipsistic drivel.

If you’re self-obsessed enough to need to know your own narcissism score, you can take the test used in the study for free here. It’s actually quite enlightening. I would tell you my results, but I’m too busy mulling over how awesome they are.

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