Narcissism, Social Media and PowerDoes social media usage lead to an increase in narcissism? What happens when we empower the people who get the most likes and retweets?

Narcissism, Social Media and PowerDoes social media usage lead to an increase in narcissism? What happens when we empower the people who get the most likes and retweets?

"Social media has the potential to reverse some power dynamics via activism, but structural power is very pervasive."

How do you view the relationship between social media and narcissism?

Miranda:

It has become a trend to look at narcissism and social media use. The data out there is mixed. In some cases narcissism does predict taking a greater number of selfies, having more followers and posting more pictures, but in some places we don’t see that relationship. Instagram and even Snapchat do play on people’s narcissistic drive because they’re based on what you look like, what you post, how you portray what you’re doing. That feeling of self-enhancement is one the reasons people post on social media.

Alice:

When we’re thinking about these types of behaviors it always comes back to what the platform itself is encouraging or discouraging people to do. There is a real tendency in the public conver...

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