TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) — All those “status updates” and “tweets” that people post as they clamor to be part of the online social network may reflect a troubling trend toward self-absorbed behavior in the United States, a new study suggests.
The University of Michigan researchers examined whether narcissism was related to the number of daily Facebook and Twitter postings by 486 college students and 93 adults, and to the amount of time they spent on each site.
The college students average age was 19, and three-quarters were women. The average age of the adults was 35, and most of them were white women.
“Among young adult college students, we found that those who scored higher in certain types of narcissism posted more often on Twitter,” study author Elliot Panek, who recently completed his doctorate in communication studies, said in a university news release.