Research suggests a link between excessive social media usage and narcissism

Are you addicted to social media? Is it impacting your self-esteem? Social media can work to make one feel either too good or too bad about himself. When someone posts too many aesthetic pictures online, others might feel like they lack all those resources and end up feeling jealous or depressed.

At the same time, those who post their pictures and get a whole lot of likes, views, and comments, start growing self-obsessed. A lot of research has been conducted on this. Even a recent research shows that those who post excessive pictures of themselves on social media experience an increase in narcissistic qualities.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental health concern that is characterized by excessive love for oneself, the need for attention and praise as well as lack of empathy for others. Narcissists are over-confident individuals on the surface while on the inside their self-esteem is easily breakable.

They cannot take criticism too well and believe that they are deserving of extra attention and special treatment. When they don’t get either, they are not able to enjoy themselves and start questioning whether their relationships are worthwhile. They also become angry, hateful, stressed and moody when they don’t get the treatment they think everyone should give them.

Such behavior can be a cause of several problems in many fields of life from personal to professional. People who have NPD tend to only want to associate with people who they believe are superior like them. They look down upon others, are manipulative, and think very highly of themselves. The fantasies of such people revolve around their qualities.

Secretly, such people harbor feelings of shame, depression, insecurity, and embarrassment in being anything short of perfect. Narcissists are not likely to visit the doctor for their condition for they are not able to see any faults in their behavior. However, therapy can be used to treat NPD for those who do seek treatment options.

Research On The Link Between Posting Too Many Pictures On Social Media and NPD

Findings from the research work conducted in the Swansea University, UK and Milan University, Italy have found that folks who used social media for sharing pictures and selfies for a period of 4 months experienced a rise of 25% in narcissistic traits. This study was carried out on 74 participants who fell in the age bracket of 18 to 32. The same study also found that those who posted words instead did not develop any narcissistic traits.


While social media can be a great way to stay connected, positing too many pictures of yourself on your social accounts is not a good idea. You might grow to become needier for attention and praises. This is not the first study that shows a solid link between posting several pictures and selfies and being overly obsessed with yourself.