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Donger
03-21-2012, 02:38 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/many-facebook-friends-study-links-narcissism-facebook-activity-120546746--abc-news.html

For the average narcissist, Facebook is tool that may promote anti-social behavior.

Facebook "offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication," according to study by Western Illinois University professor Christopher Carpenter.

The study was published this month in Personality and Individual Differences, the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

In the study, Carpenter defined narcissism as "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance," according to a press release from the university.

Using a Narcissistic Personality Inventory, Carpenter and his students surveyed 292 people - most of whom were college students - to measure "self-promoting" Facebook behavior, such as people posting status updates, their photos, updating profile information; as well as "anti-social behaviors," including seeking social support more than providing it, getting angry when others do not comment on status updates and retaliating against negative comments.

People who score higher on the inventory promoted themselves more on Facebook - by tagging themselves and updating their newsfeeds more frequently, and by having more friends on Facebook, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.

The study concluded that grandiose exhibitionism correlated with anti-social behavior on Facebook. Self-esteem was negatively related to self-promotion and anti-social behaviors on the site.

"In general, the 'dark side' of Facebook requires more research in order to better understand Facebook's socially beneficial and harmful aspects in order to enhance the former and curtail the latter," Carpenter said.

Social media sites, particularly Facebook and Twitter, have long been criticized for being vehicles for meaningless relationships, and have recently been mentioned in connection with making bullying easier and more pervasive.

Graystoke
03-21-2012, 02:39 PM
I just made a cup cake!
Friend ME!

pr_capone
03-21-2012, 02:40 PM
Facebook "offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication," according to study by Western Illinois University professor Christopher Carpenter.

Exactly how I like 95% of my relationships.

I have 92 friends on FB.

|Zach|
03-21-2012, 02:40 PM
Yea if you friend people in that manner I could see that.

mikeyis4dcats.
03-21-2012, 02:42 PM
just attended a lunch where the topic was social media. The average facebook account has 130 friends. The fastest growing segment is 55+ women.

rico
03-21-2012, 02:42 PM
1412. Which every time I see that, it seems odd to me because it doesn't feel like I know that many people.

notorious
03-21-2012, 02:43 PM
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Graystoke
03-21-2012, 02:49 PM
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Eggsactly!
I joined after the Japan Earth Quake to make sure my friends over there were cool.
Then I started getting all this Friend Request from peeps I never like back in High School.
I dropped that shit.
It is a marketing tool and a big waste.

loochy
03-21-2012, 02:51 PM
what does it mean when you pretty much ignore facebook because you find it stupid and annoying?

vailpass
03-21-2012, 02:52 PM
Exactly how I like 95% of my relationships.

I have 92 friends on FB.

LMAO

Phobia
03-21-2012, 02:53 PM
I don't pay any attention to the number. A lot. I spend a lot of time there. In fact, my CP experience has diminished due to FB time.

Predarat
03-21-2012, 02:53 PM
Exactly how I like 95% of my relationships.

I have 92 friends on FB.

Its 91 now, butthead!!!

Hoover
03-21-2012, 02:55 PM
1083 FB friends
4967 followers on Twitter.

bevischief
03-21-2012, 02:57 PM
.Have no idea have many friends I have. Before my pc died I was on there about 3 hours a day, since then only once or twice a week anymore.

Carlota69
03-21-2012, 02:58 PM
Well I have 3 Facebook accts. One for personal, one for KOMP and one The Blaze.

I think I have 400 on my personal, about 400 on The Blaze and about 4500 on KOMP. I cant even keep up with my peeps on KOMP facebook.

loochy
03-21-2012, 03:04 PM
I don't pay any attention to the number. A lot. I spend a lot of time there. In fact, my CP experience has diminished due to FB time.

you can't be serious

Rain Man
03-21-2012, 03:13 PM
I can finally feel good about the fact that I only have three Facebook friends, two of which may or may not be porn spammers.

Phobia
03-21-2012, 03:13 PM
you can't be serious

I'm absolutely serious. I use facebook as a tool to stay in touch with actual friends, promote my construction company, and learn about stuff happening in my local community to share on our newspaper page. It's a great tool for me. I definitely understand why it bugs people but I love it.

mikeyis4dcats.
03-21-2012, 03:15 PM
Well I have 3 Facebook accts. One for personal, one for KOMP and one The Blaze.

I think I have 400 on my personal, about 400 on The Blaze and about 4500 on KOMP. I cant even keep up with my peeps on KOMP facebook.

yeah, public personalities can get crazy. I think Johnny Dare is on account #6 because he keeps running over the limits.

Carlota69
03-21-2012, 03:20 PM
yeah, public personalities can get crazy. I think Johnny Dare is on account #6 because he keeps running over the limits.

Its stupid to have limits because "like" pages you cant send messages to people and stay in "personal" contact with "friends". So I can see why JD has 6 accts.

Count Alex's Losses
03-21-2012, 03:21 PM
Hot bitches on facebook!

Phobia
03-21-2012, 03:25 PM
Hot bitches on facebook!

My favorite function of facebook is their "ignore" feature is fantastic. It's like the person on iggy doesn't even exist. Stupendous.

blaise
03-21-2012, 03:26 PM
I don't use facebook really but I admit that I get probably too much gratification when I post something on twitter and it gets retweeted a bunch of times or if someone of note retweets it or follows me. It doesn't gain you anything though, it's like candy.

TrebMaxx
03-21-2012, 03:36 PM
I have a little over 200 last time I checked. I think the number I have is due to the life I have lived. I have a bunch of friends that were lost to me because we were Army brats and FB has put us back in contact and I have met up with quite a few of them since. Another group of friends are guys I served with while I was in the military. We have a Unit page and are planning a reunion that I am looking forward to. Then I have the local friends and a few that I have gamed with online for years. I don't understand all of the negativity towards FB, but then again I don't spend more that a few minutes on average per day on it.

WhiteWhale
03-21-2012, 04:01 PM
No shit.

People are obsessed with themselves.

notorious
03-21-2012, 04:08 PM
I glance at a page when my wife is on and think,"Who the fuck cares, and who the fuck thinks that anyone cares about their daily lives?"

You would have to really think the world revolves around you to do that shit.

La literatura
03-21-2012, 04:09 PM
I have 1739 friends.

Radar Chief
03-21-2012, 04:10 PM
I have 1739 friends.

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J Diddy
03-21-2012, 04:11 PM
what does it mean when you pretty much ignore facebook because you find it stupid and annoying?

That you are pretty much in the minority?

:shrug:

notorious
03-21-2012, 04:12 PM
That you are pretty much in the minority?

:shrug:

And proud of it. :D

Radar Chief
03-21-2012, 04:12 PM
Donít have a Facebook account.
Only reason I ever had a MySpace account is because Mrs. Radar signed me up for one.

loochy
03-21-2012, 04:13 PM
That you are pretty much in the minority?

:shrug:

I dunno..I'm more with this guy :

I glance at a page when my wife is on and think,"Who the fuck cares, and who the fuck thinks that anyone cares about their daily lives?"

You would have to really think the world revolves around you to do that shit.

Stewie
03-21-2012, 04:17 PM
I much prefer Twitter. I can follow people (mostly sports related) and not have to have them be my friend. I think I follow around 100 writers, players, coaches, etc.

As for Facebook, I joined about three years ago and check it about once a week. Pretty much worthless and really annoying. It's just as the story says. It's dominated by narcissistic people posting things no one cares about. I have about 30 friends and it's dominated by about 3-4 people that never have anything to offer other than, "Look at me! Look at me!"

blaise
03-21-2012, 04:19 PM
I much prefer Twitter. I can follow people (mostly sports related) and not have to have them be my friend. I think I follow around 100 writers, players, coaches, etc.

As for Facebook, I joined about three years ago and check it about once a week. Pretty much worthless and really annoying. It's just as the story says. It's dominated by narcissistic people posting things no one cares about. I have about 30 friends and it's dominated by about 3-4 people that never have anything to offer other than, "Look at me! Look at me!"

That's how I feel. I use facebook only so I can see information from a particular group. Twitter is much more enjoyable to me.

Phobia
03-21-2012, 04:23 PM
You guys have to learn to unsubscribe from the people who are attention whores. Some people post really interesting stuff sometimes.

Stewie
03-21-2012, 04:26 PM
You guys have to learn to unsubscribe from the people who are attention whores. Some people post really interesting stuff sometimes.

My friends are mostly family, including the annoying posters. The people who are interesting in real life rarely, if ever, post.

HemiEd
03-21-2012, 04:45 PM
No shit.

People are obsessed with themselves.

newsflash! :D

HemiEd
03-21-2012, 04:48 PM
My friends are mostly family, including the annoying posters. The people who are interesting in real life rarely, if ever, post.

That is why I enjoy it, our family is spread from coast to coast. You can drop in on them a little, get a feel for what is going on, then leave.

WV
03-21-2012, 04:50 PM
I enjoy it to keep in touch with family and a few co-workers. The private group function is what I use the most and have a little over 100 friends, not sure the exact number.

Fish
03-21-2012, 05:31 PM
Pisses me off...

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/2650/41687728095090197895912.jpg

Baconeater
03-21-2012, 05:40 PM
I try to keep my friend list to around 100, it's overdue for some pruning right now. What I don't get is the people that send friend requests, and then you never hear another fucking thing from them. That drives me nuts more than the attention whores.

Braincase
03-21-2012, 05:52 PM
I use mine to keep in touch with family, coworkers, my professional community, friends, high school and college classmates, and my students.

Oh, and a few nutjobs I know from bulletin boards.

R8RFAN
03-21-2012, 05:59 PM
104 friends and about 80 of those I don't like or talk too.

listopencil
03-21-2012, 06:19 PM
1412. Which every time I see that, it seems odd to me because it doesn't feel like I know that many people.

You don't. That's the point.

listopencil
03-21-2012, 06:25 PM
Oh- I have 85 friends on FB. There are about 5 that I did not meet in real life first.

listopencil
03-21-2012, 06:26 PM
I have 1739 friends.


That's not surprising.

La literatura
03-21-2012, 06:28 PM
That's not surprising.

I actually don't have facebook.

I do have three pinterests accounts though.

crispystl420
03-21-2012, 06:31 PM
1083 FB friends
4967 followers on Twitter.

Damn, how did you get so many followers?

seclark
03-21-2012, 06:33 PM
That is why I enjoy it, our family is spread from coast to coast. You can drop in on them a little, get a feel for what is going on, then leave.

same here...beats the hell out of talking to some of them on the phone, or in person.
that "log out" feature is sweet.
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seclark
03-21-2012, 06:34 PM
I actually don't have facebook.

I do have three pinterests accounts though.

what the hell is pinterests? i've noticed my wife and several other old ladies are starting to really get into it.
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Dr. Facebook Fever
03-21-2012, 06:37 PM
I try to keep my friend list to around 100, it's overdue for some pruning right now. What I don't get is the people that send friend requests, and then you never hear another ****ing thing from them. That drives me nuts more than the attention whores.

They're trying to push their numbers up because it makes them feel good. They don't actually care about who they have as friends, it's the number that matters.

I had roughly 130 friends when I decided 128 of them annoyed the **** out of me and deleted my page. Every now and then one of them will say hey I haven't seen you on fb much lately and I tell them yeah I haven't had a page in 2 years. For some reason the subsequent look of confusion and the "oh" I get amuses me more than anything they ever said on fb.

That said, I think fb is a fantastic tool for businesses and we use it a lot for that.

Btw great username LMAO

La literatura
03-21-2012, 06:45 PM
what the hell is pinterests? i've noticed my wife and several other old ladies are starting to really get into it.
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I can't quite figure it out. I think each individual user has their own board, and they put pictures of clothes, recipes, and quotes in some sort of organized, decorative fashion, and then comment on other people's boards.

seclark
03-21-2012, 06:49 PM
I can't quite figure it out. I think each individual user has their own board, and they put pictures of clothes, recipes, and quotes in some sort of organized, decorative fashion, and then comment on other people's boards.

crazy. i'm on my way over there right now.
thanks,
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Dr. Facebook Fever
03-21-2012, 06:50 PM
crazy. i'm on my way over there right now.
thanks,
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LMAO

(assuming that was sarcasm)

Trevo_410
03-21-2012, 07:11 PM
I'm 19, facebook is fuckin gay as hell imo..

Phobia
03-21-2012, 07:18 PM
Oh, and a few nutjobs I know from bulletin boards.
Hahahahahahaha - guilty.

Phobia
03-21-2012, 07:19 PM
I'm 19, facebook is ****in gay as hell imo..

You're hanging out on ChiefsPlanet with about 2000 dudes who are scratching their balls right now.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-21-2012, 07:25 PM
You're hanging out on ChiefsPlanet with about 2000 dudes who are scratching their balls right now.

Were you looking in my window again dammit?!

Pablo
03-21-2012, 07:29 PM
349.

A ton of people I met in college and don't really talk to anymore and/or only partied with.

I hide people like it's going out of style though. Attention whores are immediately deleted from my feed and I subscribe to the interesting friends I have.

Pablo
03-21-2012, 07:30 PM
I'm 19,We all already inferred this from your posting style.

Omaha
03-21-2012, 07:33 PM
About 250. I have family and friends all over the country and I use Facebook to keep in touch with everyone. I think it's great because I can see what my people are up to whenever I have time.

I also use it to organize and promote a weekly bike ride and our flag football league is organized there as well. I have a few friends who are too cool for fb and they are always bitching because they never know when/where we are riding. Fuck those guys.

ThatRaceCardGuy
03-21-2012, 08:22 PM
Its cool for catching up with old friends and sharing funny pics and shit like that. The down side to FB are the people who complain and bitch constantly. I just block their feeds. Other than that its, just like Chiefsplanet.....

ThatRaceCardGuy
03-21-2012, 08:24 PM
About 250. I have family and friends all over the country and I use Facebook to keep in touch with everyone. I think it's great because I can see what my people are up to whenever I have time.

I also use it to organize and promote a weekly bike ride and our flag football league is organized there as well. I have a few friends who are too cool for fb and they are always bitching because they never know when/where we are riding. **** those guys.

I have some friends like that.

Bwana
03-21-2012, 08:25 PM
Heh

saphojunkie
03-21-2012, 08:43 PM
1083 FB friends
4967 followers on Twitter.

Why the fuck do 5k people need to follow you on twitter?

Easy 6
03-21-2012, 08:45 PM
what does it mean when you pretty much ignore facebook because you find it stupid and annoying?

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Dr. Facebook Fever
03-21-2012, 08:46 PM
Why the **** do 5k people need to follow you on twitter?

I'm thinking they don't call him "Hoover" for nothin... ifyaknowwutImean

saphojunkie
03-21-2012, 08:47 PM
I'm thinking they don't call him "Hoover" for nothin... ifyaknowwutImean

ROFL:clap:

RJ
03-21-2012, 08:48 PM
I suspect my facebook friends are just using me to pad their totals.

rico
03-22-2012, 09:46 PM
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rico
03-22-2012, 09:47 PM
You don't. That's the point.

:D I've gone through my facebook friends list before and there are many of them who I straight up forgot about since college. Some of them have added me and I accept their request just to be nice (after looking at our mutual friends) and I spend a few minutes pondering about where I forgot them at. You are right though... many of the people I am "friends" with on there, I have either forgotten completely about or they are more familiar with me than I am with them.