Facebook Promotes Socially Aggressive Narcissism

A new psychological paper draws the first direct correlations between Facebook use and narcissistic tendencies including grandiose exhibitionism and entitlement/exploitativeness. 

What's the Latest Development?


For the first time, psychologists have made a direct link between socially disruptive narcissism and certain Facebook habits such as having a large amount of friends, tagging themselves in photos and updating their status more regularly. "Researchers at Western Illinois University studied the Facebook habits of 294 students, aged between 18 and 65, and measured two 'socially disruptive' elements of narcissism – grandiose exhibitionism (GE) and entitlement/exploitativeness (EE)." People exhibiting GE and EE were more likely to seek social support on Facebook without giving it in return. 

What's the Big Idea?

Researchers believe their new paper, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, shows part of a disturbing trend among younger generations who are becoming increasing self-involved. The movement toward narcissism begins early and actually forms part of educational instruction, says social scientist Carol Craig: 'The way that children are being educated is focussing more and more on the importance of self esteem – on how you are seen in the eyes of others. This method of teaching has been imported from the US and is 'all about me'.'

Photo credit: shutterstock.com


'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
Keep reading Show less
Videos
  • Oumuamua, a quarter-mile long asteroid tumbling through space, is Hawaiian for "scout", or "the first of many".
  • It was given this name because it came from another solar system.
  • Some claimed Oumuamua was an alien technology, but there's no actual evidence for that.

Banned books: 10 of the most-challenged books in America

America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.

Nazis burn books on a huge bonfire of 'anti-German' literature in the Opernplatz, Berlin. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Culture & Religion
  • Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
  • Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
  • Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
Keep reading Show less
Big Think
Sponsored by Lumina Foundation

Upvote the video, or videos, you want to win.

As you vote, keep in mind that we are looking for a winner with the most engaging social venture pitch - an idea you would want to invest in. And note: We'll only count upvotes (not downvotes).

Keep reading Show less