Saturday, September 11, 2010

Facebook Users Score High For Narcissism, Low In Self-Esteem

According to new research from York University in Toronto, Facebook users are not all that strong in the self-esteem department. Which in turn drives their need for that exaggerated sense of self-importance popularly known as narcissism. These pointed observations, published recently in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, were particularly uncivil towards those who check their Facebook pages more often.

The researcher, Soraya Mehdizadeh, asked 100 York University students about their Facebook habits. Here is a part of the article abstract:

Online social networking sites have revealed an entirely new method of self-presentation. This cyber social tool provides a new site of analysis to examine personality and identity. The current study examines how narcissism and self-esteem are manifested on the social networking Website Facebook.com. Self-esteem and narcissistic personality self-reports were collected from 100 Facebook users at York University. Participant Web pages were also coded based on self-promotional content features. Correlation analysis revealed that individuals higher in narcissism and lower in self-esteem were related to greater online activity as well as some self-promotional content. Gender differences were found to influence the type of self-promotional content presented by individual Facebook users.

And here I thought Facebookers were bloggers with nothing much to say. Although I have to admit, they do kinda talk about themselves an awful lot.

Have a great weekend.

44 comments:

  1. My grand daughters all have Facebook pages and I'd classify them as narcissists, after all that's their job as teenagers. Josh Moran has a Facebook page and ran his campaign from the site. I guess we know the answer to that one now don't we?

    Sir Eric it must have been doggone painful to post a blog this morning for all of us in Maundryland. And all new Recent Comments as well. We're glad you're on today.

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  2. That Sierra Madre Spend Watch brings up a galling point with me: City Hall would have us believe that the $5 or $6 mil General Fund is the one true measure of the City's finances. It isn't! All of the Funds must be looked at in total to see the entirety of the City's resources and expenditures. Get a copy of the budget either by a Freedom of Information Act or by going to the Library and making a copy. A whale of difference between $6 mil and $18 mil!!! That's where the outrageous bonds and interest hide.

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  3. Omigod! Click on the word FACEBOOK in the post!

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  4. Funny the budget should be brought up today. I just finished reading it again and there are some very interesting observations - such as: a survey being taken for both water and sewer fees. We thought we might only have the water increase fee to fight, but watch out - sewer (and roads) are next.

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  5. I wanna go back to that blog that talked about Buchanan trying to get elected for a third term and it all being legal. We know that the last election was planned out two years in advance so is that the program for 2012? Buchanan sweet talking the civic clubs, the realtors and BIA into demanding that he run again? We know they're getting their players into position; we can see that by who's joining what clubs and getting on which committees. Do "we" have a candidate in the wings? Do "we" have a bag of money waiting to be opened? It's not just the Water Rate Increase, the General Plan Update, and the proposed condos on the boulevard, it's an election a year and a half into the future!

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  6. Watch Facebook Joe and his brain John attempt to float millions in new bonds to get sewers and roads done. All part of the roadmap to boutique development. Of course, water bonds will be hard to do since Bart screwed that one up so badly in 2003.

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  7. City Council Agenda for Tuesday, September 14th has been published...

    Plan on attending! Being discussed are the General Plan Update Steering Committee Timeline/Milestones and the Canyon Moratorium.

    Important stuff is happening in Council Chambers. Be there to speak at Public Comment and on Agenda Items!!.

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  8. Great column today, Crawford.

    What a hoot. You didn't lose your sense of humor!

    Cheer John up today, Tattlers, he'll be online and reading your posts. (Crawford is NOT on Facebook). LOL

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  9. Many Facebook People post daily or more often because they have NO LIFE. They also check it to find out if anyone has read their latest babble. I have an account and defriended several who posted sereral times a day. All were relatives with no life.

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  10. omg 8:16, don't do that to a person without a warning!
    Clicked on the highlighted facebook in the article, Mosca came up, and the friend's picture closest to him?
    Harriet Poole Susan Henderson.
    Lost my breakfast.

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  11. Innerestin' that our Joey lists the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership as his favorite organization. Guess we now know who fetches Big Ed Roski's drinks for him!

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  12. Can somebody tell me why Mosca and his colleagues won't just come out and say clearly that they want to develop Sierra Madre? What is all that "our village" crap that they spew? They ought to have the bravery to say what they really want.

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  13. Mosca can't ever say what he really wants to do to this town because it is the exact opposite of everything he's ever said!

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  14. Councilmember Moran said that people might be surprised at how much they really agree about things, during one of the nights when the council presented their distrust and dislike of the general plan steering comm. people. The pro-development majority might be surprised by how much support they really have. They won the last election. Maybe if they would stand up and say "We want to repeal Measure V, we want to bring back the Downtown Specific Plan, we want to go full steam ahead on hillside development like Stonehouse and Carter, and more" they might be the ones who would be surprised that most of the residents would say "whatever."

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  15. The Gang of 4 seems to fear revealing their true motives. Development being at the top of that list. Which is what makes them so comical. Can you imagine having to sit in front of the TV cameras every two weeks and just make stuff up? Or talk about nothing? Makes them look like asses.

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  16. Indeed Bad Karma.
    To borrow from Sir Eric's article yesterday,
    "Given the rather low calibre candidates the Downtown Investors Club was forced to run this go around (the lamentable "bobbleheads," as they are now known, being the result), it appears that the talent pool available to them is about as shallow as a Bruce Inman water well."

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  17. They have this cool new feature on Blogger that allows blog owners to track how many unique views your site is getting. Today's post is at 440 so far. Yesterday's post is just under 1,200. That's a lot of readers for a small town blog!

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  18. The Tattler is certainly getting more readers than the Lovely Loony Views News.

    Harriet only has to print enough to fill six beat up old racks.

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  19. Just One of the Amazing Tattler AudienceSeptember 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    440 when most of Sierra Madre is at the festivities? That's incredible! And 1,200 on a day when folks weren't expecting too much because of Sir Eric's injury! I wonder what a really "hot" day will show for readership?

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  20. Today's count is now 471. They have a map that shows all the countries where The Tattler is read as well. Quite an interesting spread of information. I think with this week's line up we'll be seeing a bit of a spike.

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  21. Henderson puts her paper out on racks and I throw a few away whenever I'm in town and see them.

    It's a public service I'm providing.

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  22. I know several people who live out of state who read the Tattler. I know several people who live in Arcadia who are regular readers and posters here.

    Texas, Minn. Kentucky, Florida, Canada, NY, and at least one foreign country across the ocean.

    I know two people who have friends and relatives out of town, out of State who are regular readers of this blog.

    It's pretty entertaining stuff here.
    Thanks to our very own Sir Eric, the Mod.

    Did anyone read the headlines of the Pasadena Star News today?????

    Really good stuff.....Ex-Mayor Wong going to PRISON for cutting deals with DEVELOPERS in Temple City.

    We should be so lucky here in Sierra Madre, I can think of more than a couple of ex-mayors who have some very questionable connections. So can the rest of you.

    Keep digging up facts, documents and figures....GO TATTLER RESEARCH TEAM!!!!!!!!

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  23. Welcome back, Sir Eric. You'll get through this but it's got to be a real drag to begin with.

    I want to mention that the "term limit" in Sierra Madre is advisory only. It's not even listed in the current city ordinances Title 2 Administration and Personnel. There are term limits for the Commissions but the City Council can go on forever.

    And while you're at it, head on over to the Municipal code and have a look. It's been revised . . . A new look and presumptively just continuing on the old ordinances. Yeah, right.

    It was amended on March 9, 2010 and pardon me if I don't entirely trust the City Attorney. And while you're browsing the Municipal Code, have a quick read of the provisions involving the City Manager.
    http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16627&stateId=5&stateName=California

    Houston, we have a problem.

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  24. Thanks, Doc.
    Always appreciate hearing from you!

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  25. Tantilizing Tattler Tidbits Tastefully ToutedSeptember 11, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Hi Tatts, Dear Mod, I am so grateful you are ok, I don't even mind that I had to have that most distasteful first view of Facebook, I had managed to avoid facebook up to this point in my life, but as always in your writings I am mightily educated. That is quite a little group of friend facettes. Quite a group after you click on the folks and then their friends, I noticed quite a few belong to a discussion called "I don't care about your farm or fish, blah blah or mafia?" I noticed Doyle only revealed the top quarter of his face, and Lew looks like a fish in an aquarium, I saw Karma Bell is that an alias or were her parents earth children of the 60's? Oh Well...I'll be back I have to go regurgitate. Narcissists thou art Facebook. Yuck, Tiny profiles for teeny people
    I guess, it doesn't leave me warm and fuzzy.

    But reading the Tattler does!!!!

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  26. Good Lord! When your first friend listed is Susan Henderson you obviously don't have any!

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  27. Well, Sir Eric, I have to say you and I may disagree a bit about Facebook. I have found it to be the ultimate time-waster and for those of us with no time to waste, that's a form of conspicuous consumption. King of like driving a late model Mercedes Benz or a wearing a big diamond ring at a garage sale. But I digress . . .

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  28. I don't know what the good doctor wants us to see especially in the city manager stuff in the code, but this caught my eye:

    "Financial Reports. It shall be the duty of the city manager to keep the city council at all times fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the city."

    Does that mean the city manager told the council we need 18 million doallars for bonds, and the council told us we had to fix some pipes?

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  29. The line between the City Manager and the City Council is a thin one.

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  30. I think, 4:20 pm, it means the City Manager told the Council that their f**k up over the past few years was going to bankrupt the City and then the Council (minus one) told the City Manager to sell the $18 mill water bond to a bunch of nodding off wine drinking society types who weren't supposed to notice. That's what I think.

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  31. That's right! No one counted on the brigades of Tattlers going door to door to alert the rate payers. Good work, Tattlers!

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  32. Residents raising questions about things like ballooning spending or a sham water crisis designed to hide huge piles of bond debt is considered indecorous in Sierra Madre's more genteel circles. Better that people discuss their dogs.

    But we'll do it anyway. With gusto. Who cares what The Fabulous 50 has to say?

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  33. Dont forget Doyles dowagers who stood at city council and talked about how they couldnt really afford it but if the city needed to raise the rates to pay for water main and pipe repair then they were prepared to economize.

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  34. Just asking again--the city of Sierra Madre voted on term limits (two consecutive terms) and it was a non-binding referendum but the City Council of the time said they would institute it and abide by it. When did this get rescended? I do not remember the time of this vote or the composition of the City Council at the time. Some one else might. So now, the concept is only applied to vounteers who are appointed to commissions? Again, I ask, when was this changed and by whom?

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  35. I suspect that given the kinds of shenanigans that have been done at City Hall over the last decade or so, the last thing these people want is unsympathetic eyes going through the record books. Y'know?

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  36. From Andrew Sullivan's blog this Sunday amSeptember 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    "[Participants] all took psychology tests to measure their levels of narcissism, which the study defined as ‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance’ Those who scored higher on the narcissism test checked their Facebook pages more often each day than those who did not."

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  37. A catholic sort of humorSeptember 12, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    I've been giggling to myself all week over a comment at the General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting this week. Someone suggested a dunk tank at the Visioning Kick Off in October with the public paying to dunk the City Council. The mental image of Nancy Walsh being hoisted up after having been submerged has stayed with me for days now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I. God forgive me on a Christian Sunday after the Muslim and Jewish holidays and 9/11 have just passed for taking such pleasure in another's misfortune.

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  38. 8:07 AM

    I really like your sense of humor! Thanks for sharing your vision.

    They do call them "bobbleheads" you know.

    DUNK NANCY!!!!!!!!! DUNK BUCHANAN!!!!!!! DUNK MOSCA!!!!! DUNK MORAN!!!!!!

    MaryAnn has a good Catholic sense of humor, she's also a great sport, she would be part of the "dunkees", but probably as long as she had a chance to throw at her "colleagues", LOL

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  39. Nancy hoisting her ample self out of that water tank and climbing back onto her perch would be quite a melancholy site. And I don't think she is a woman prone to finding humor in her own foibles. The look on her face might scare any children present.

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  40. This dunk tank is NOT a good idea! LOL

    Two of the gang of 4 are attorneys, at least Buchanan is still an attorney.

    Buchanan would sue us all!

    Still, it is a fun thought, but we can't do it.

    Let's recall them instead?

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  41. Let the Games Begin....September 12, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Just shows the GP Steering Committee is not only all inclusive they have a great sense of hummor. They are not the scary people that Josh made them out to be.

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  42. Councilmember Moran didn't say the GP update people were scary.
    He and the others just don't trust them.
    That's why the council majority is hand picking their friends to be on the comm., so they have people they trust and like.

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  43. I have to agree here. It all comes down to motive and intention, though. If a person is showy and lacks self esteem, this is a good cite to show off on, as a lot of people are doing that there. However, when I was on, I used it for low key evangelical message and to try to find an old friend of two that I may be able to help in one way (self esteem doesn't rise by being on a social media site...that is an "inside job"

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