When I joined Facebook a couple of years ago, it was for a one year research project on which I was collaborating with another writer friend. Nearly three years later, I am still on FB – because I am hooked – in spite of the fact that our study somewhat validates what my anti-Facebook friend often says, “Overall, FB is a platform for narcissists and cowards.”
The premise of our project was to determine whether FB feeds the ego of narcissists and mean-spirited people. Although I documented various examples of subtle disrespect and innuendos among (ahem!) friends, my data reveals that there is much more positive information being shared on that site than negative. However, despite its usefulness in providing a medium for worthwhile information, Facebook does appear to be, figuratively speaking, an online Jumbotron for narcissists – who post pictures of themselves, weekly and sometimes daily; and lessor for killjoys, who enjoy putting others down. Both have an insatiable hunger for attention.
What some FB users fail to realize is that many FB lovers post information