Using social media too much and posting many selfies have caused a rise narcissism, according to a new study. Narcissism is when someone becomes very selfish and believes they are very talented and beautiful. They need attention other people and think they are better than everyone else. Researchers universities Swansea and Milan found that heavy users social media sites like Facebook and Twitter showed a 25 per cent rise narcissism just four months. The researchers studied how 74 people aged 18 to 34 used social media and looked how their personality changed. They said that posting selfies seemed to increase levels narcissism a way that text messaging does not.
Professor Phil Reed, the Department Psychology at Swansea University, said: "There have been suggestions links between narcissism and the use of [selfies] social media, such as Facebook, but this study, it was not known if...using such platforms is associated the...growth narcissism. The results of this study suggest that...posting selfies can increase narcissism." Professor Read said that " 20 per cent of people may be risk of developing" narcissism. This is because they want attention and likes from other people they post a selfie. They also want to show others how their life is better or how they are more beautiful or attractive.