Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic?

Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic?

"People want to feed their inner self, their inner ego."


"I don't have any social media accounts," said Heidi Schmitt, a third-year advertising major.

"I just like being private. I don't like all my information out there."

In a culture obsessed with followers and likes, lack of a social media presence is hard to understand.

According to a survey conducted in early 2018 by the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds use some form of social media. Young Americans are more likely to use platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.

A large amount of Snapchat users between the ages of 18 and 24 (71 percent) indicated they use the platform multiple times a day.

These statistics have prompted many older Americans to comment on younger peoples' seeming overuse of social media.

"I know people that are so consumed by social media that they don't have a life," said Isabella Diehl, a junior criminology major.

"At that point, the older generation is right by saying we need to actually live life and go out and get dirty."

Narcissism is often associated with avid social media users and consumers. Narcissists are defined as individuals who show an excessive need for admiration, have an inability to handle criticism, and hold on to a sense of entitlement.

"If you post a lot on Instagram or someone posts a picture of themselves and they get 1,000 compliments then that just kind of feeds narcissism," Diehl said.

"I feel like it's a lot according to who you are because I feel like sometimes people are more prone to be that way."

Courtney Baker, a third-year advertising major, is critical of narcissist behavior on social media.

"People are obsessed with looking good every day just to take a picture," Baker said.

"Some people already have that tendency in them, and I feel like social media brings that out. You can pay for followers now. I know some people who have paid like $30 for that."

Schmitt is aware of the narcissist behavior displayed on these platforms but is able to distance herself from this due to not having any social media accounts.

"People want to feed their inner self, their inner ego," Schmitt said.

According to research conducted by scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Bamberg and the University of Würzburg, social networking sites are the perfect breeding ground for narcissists.

Through social media, narcissists are given the perfect opportunity to present themselves in a different way than in public. A link was also found between the number of friends a person has and how many pictures they post.

Despite all of this evidence, young people still find social media to have positive effects on their lives.

All three University of Florida students referenced social media as their main source for gathering news information.

Diehl; however, is cautious about the legitimacy of news she finds on her Twitter feed.

"There's also a negative side when you hear everything all the time because sometimes it's not true or someone's fabricated something," she said.

On the other hand, Schmitt tries not to focus on the negative effects of social media and instead highlights the positive impact it provides.

"It helps connect people together, even if they're across the world," Schmitt said.

"It gives people a voice that they didn't have before."

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75 Of The Most Iconic Vine Quotes

"I smell like beef"


Vine may be dead but Vine references live on. I still watch Vine threads AT LEAST twice a day. Here are 75 of the most quotable vines:

1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

8. "Gimme your F**KING money!"

9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

19. "Um, I'm never been to oovoo javer."

20. "My God, they were roommates."

21. "Why are you running, why are you running?"

22. "Whoever threw that paper, your mom's a hoe."

23. "I can't swim."

24. "Lebron James."

25. "It's an avocado, thanksssss..."

26. "Mother trucker dude, that hurt like a butt cheek on a stick."

27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"


47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

50. "F**k you, I don't want no ravioli."

51. "21."

52. "I'm in my mum's car, broom broom."

53. "Iridocyclitis."

54. "You know what, I'm about to say it."

55. "That is NOT correct."

56. "Uh, I'm not finished" "Oh my God, can you let me do what I need to do?"

57. "I have osteoporosis."

58. "ADAM."

59. "Merry Chrysler."

60. "Wait a minute, who ARE you?"

61. "Try me, bitch."


63. "I didn't get no sleep cause of y'all, y'all not gone get no sleep cause of me!"

64. "Do you want to go see Uncle Cracker or no?"

65. "So no head?"

66. "You got eczema."

67. "I am shooketh."

68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

69. "Can I PLEASE get a waffle?"

70. "There is only one thing worse than a rapist." "A child."

71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

72. "Bitch, I hope the f**k you do."

73. "Two shots of vodka."

74. "F**k off Janet, I'm not going to your f**king baby shower."

75. "JEEEEEZ, Jesus Christ."

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The (In)Famous Youtuber, Olivia Jade, Exposed

Did her parents pay 500K for Olivia to get into USC?


"The New York Times" published an article on March 12, talking about the latest News of Olivia Jade. Olivia is a famous influencer on social media from YouTube to Instagram in which she collectively upholds millions of followers.

After Olivia posted two advertisements on Instagram following her college pathway, people began to questions the legitimacy of her enrollment at USC.

On Tuesday, March 12th, a federal investigation began, known as "Operation Varsity Blues," which covers the concept of bribery and committing other forms of fraud to get admitted into the college of their dreams.

Some possible acts of fraud include: having children falsely designated as athletic recruits; bribing proctors to edit answers on standardized college-entry exams and hiring people to pose as students to raise grade-point averages.

Her parents are said to have paid $500K for both Olivia and her sister, Isabella, to be placed as recruits for the university's crew team.

It is one thing to try and get around things in grade school and high school, but when it starts to reach college education and graduate programs, that's when the intensity escalates. College over the past couple years has become more and more difficult to get into. And with inflation, prices just seem to keep getting higher and higher. That's why this topic is quite sensitive.

It is not right and extremely inhumane to pay your way into college when students are working hard their entire life to get into their dream school and most of them don't even make it there. USC is a very well known university and especially known for its journalism and communication school, which is recognized as one of the top programs in the country.

People need to earn a spot in that school, not just be handed a letter of acceptance into a program we all strive to be in as intellectual students.

I am a student in which I feel I have worked extremely hard to earn the spot I have been granted within the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, but I also know my friends who got accepted into Ivy Leagues and UC schools, and the biggest thing that stood out to me was their work ethic.

We are being brought up into a generation in which things are handed to us, school has become easier in the sense that everything is on Google, we don't even have to read books anymore due to Spark Notes. We aren't being challenged enough as students, and now we have famous children being literally bought into the education program.

It is time for this kind of inhumane acts to stop and for children and parents to start realizing what hard work really looks like.

Remember we are all here for one reason, to get an education.

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