What This Is:
The purpose of this blog is to explore different perspectives within the realms of Social Cognition. I want to take my blog in a direction of topics that I feel applies to myself or aspects of my life. Plus we all know that we retain information better if it’s on a topic that we’re interested in!
The paper that I used during my talk this week was called: “The Relationship Between Addictive use of Social Media, Narcissism, and Self-esteem: findings from a national survey.” (1) It explains its findings that highlights:
- Addictive use of social media was associated with being a student, female, young and single.
- Addictive use of social media was related to higher narcissism.
- Addictive use of social media was related to lower self-esteem.
I gravitated toward this paper because I thought that it would be pretty relevant to myself and a lot of people I associate with in my life. I’m sure we as a society all at least use one form of social media a day and I thought it was interesting that the addiction itself was about being in one’s own reality and interacting with people there, would transform across this invisible membrane and translate into other factors that affect you in the outside world. I believe its related to social psychology because having the addiction to social media itself (or of other people’s approval) was also related to developing issues that would affect the way you interact with people (narcissism and the self-esteem issues). It was also stated that demographic factors play a role in determining if one has an addiction or not, which in my opinion is a product of social construct in the first place. But to play devil’s advocate, (and because I’m a woman) I wonder why it leans toward women over men to be at a bigger risk to being addicted to social media. We all know that one guy out there that just seems to like the selfie posts a little too much…. Maybe it just because they surveyed more women than men. Or maybe it’s because we as women are seen more as a figure than an individual (thanks to popular culture and advertising) and need to show the world how good we are at “being ourselves” by how many likes our photo gets. It almost seems like the more socially apt you are the more likes you are going to get on a post and in the long run more exposure because you are going to pop up on other people feeds because their friends liked it as well, which will in turn feed that addiction more. The paper also noted that it was a poorly studied field which also makes the whole concept more interesting to me.
During my talk this week I had a student ask if I had taken the Bergen Facebook Addiction Exam (I didn’t) and I thought it would be great to tie in my blog by taking the Quiz. I scored an 8. According to the key I am a “normal person” when it comes to Facebook use (if you get a 15 or up you’re considered an addict) as for my self-esteem or narcissistic tendencies, those are yet to be determined. You can get an online generated form of the Facebook addiction scale here:
(1): Andreassen, C. S., Pallesen, S., & Griffiths, M. D. (2017). The relationship between addictive use of social media, narcissism, and self-esteem: Findings from a large national survey. Addictive Behaviors, 64, 287-293. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.03.006