Too little power, too much information! Power, narcissism, and adolescents' disclosures on social networking sites
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AbstractFrom a self-image failure perspective, narcissistic adolescents who feel socially disempowered might engage in exhibitionistic disclosures on Social Networking Sites (SNSs). Two studies investigated this hypothesis regarding normative (day-to-day) and problematic (sexuality, drinking) disclosures. In Study 1, cluster analysis revealed four adolescent classes (N = 471) with relatively higher/lower narcissism and power. Higher-Narcissism adolescents reported more normative SNS disclosures, but only Higher-Narcissism/Lower-Power youths reported more problematic disclosures. Study 2 adolescents (N = 56) received a low- or high-power experimental prime and reported risk perceptions surrounding both disclosure types. Higher-Narcissism youths primed with low power perceived less risk for problematic (but not normative) disclosures. For high-narcissism youths, too little power promotes tendencies to share "too much information" on SNSs. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListHawk ST, ter Bogt TFM, van den Eijnden RJJM, Nelemans SA
Journal nameComputers in Human Behavior
Volume Number52
Pages72 - 80
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAdolescence; Narcissism; Power; Social network disclosures
Web of Science Subject CategoriesPsychology; Psychology, Experimental; Psychology, Multidisciplinary

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