Are Bloggers Narcissists Then?

A study out from Brunel University claims that Facebook posters habits tend to give away some of their personality traits. Which seems logical, I know I can get a vibe from the way a person elaborates about themselves, and when that vibe is picked up on it’s usually a bad indicator. Not always though, the internet being what it is can leave one wondering if someone is just an asshole or if maybe they forgot an emoticon.

Anyway, the article makes sense in its conclusions, at least to me. For instance people who tend to post a lot of status updates tend to be suffering from low esteem. And people who post about their children tend to be conscientious, okay then I can see that. Then it goes on to discuss the narcissist, and  I quote:

  • Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community. These updates also received a greater number of ‘likes’ and comments, indicating that narcissists’ boasting may be reinforced by the attention they crave.
  • Narcissists also wrote more status updates about their diet and exercise routine, suggesting that they use Facebook to broadcast the effort they put into their physical appearance.

Okay, that all kinda makes sense too…

But the thing is then, what about bloggers? Is our drive to post some sort of window into our personalities? Are we the ultimate narcissists? Looking for likes and appreciation from our blogging peers?

I know I have asked myself that question on more than one occaision. Especially when I’ve been in a posting drought. Next thing I know I start feeling guilty, then tell myself “hey man, you have been busy, the blog will still be there tomorrow.” Then I begin to wonder about my inherent duty to the blog. I’ll tell myself “If you are going to have a blog, you damn well better post something before the end of the decade!” And then the question. The one I dread, even though I’m pretty sure the answer is no “Do I really need the likes and the comments so badly I have to post something?”

At least I think the answer is no. If the answer is yes then someone needs to tell me “Well yes, but in a good way!”