The findings indicate that posting selfies is associated with some forms of narcissism but not others.
“As a developmental researcher, I’m interested in the underlying mechanisms and processes of online behaviors.
The researchers had 470 American and 260 Lebanese students complete measures of narcissistic traits and selfie-posting behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
In particular, grandiose narcissism — which describes an overinflated ego and sense of importance — was positively associated with posting selfies online.
“We found that the norms of a cultural community may also impact online behaviors.
This second finding is surprising given that online spaces are often described as not bound by offline cultural norms,” Shane-Simpson said.
We desperately need more cross-cultural studies that investigate differences in online behavior and the models that predict online behavior. »