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Addicted Social Media Users Too Vain, New Study Finds

US researchers have found a link between your number of Facebook friends and how likely you are to be ‘socially disruptive’ and narcissistic.

Christopher Carpenter, lead researcher at the Western Illinois University, surveyed 294 people aged between 18 and 65 and discovered those who scored high on a Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire were more likely to have a large number of Facebook friends, and update their profile pictures and newsfeeds.

His research also found that narcissists respond more aggressively to negative comments made about them on sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

The findings suggest that social media may be responsible for making people more vain, self-absorbed and obsessed with shallow friendships.

Carpenter said: ‘In general, the “dark side” of Facebook requires more research in order to better understand Facebook’s socially beneficial and harmful aspects in order to enhance the former and curtail the latter.’

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