Negativity and anti-social attention seeking among narcissists on Twitter: A linguistic analysis

  • Jennifer Golbeck University of Maryland
Keywords: narcissism, twitter, psycholinguistics

Abstract

A linguistic analysis shows differences in the way narcissistic and non-narcissistic users communicate on Twitter. Because narcissism is marked by attention-seeking, and is related to negativity and perceived victimization, we hypothesized that narcissists would use more words about anger and negative emotions. Conversely, we further hypothesized that they would use fewer words about social interaction and positive emotions. An analysis of over 1,000 users supported these hypotheses.

Author Biography

Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland
Associate Professor, College of Information Studies
Published
2016-03-01
How to Cite
Golbeck, J. (2016). Negativity and anti-social attention seeking among narcissists on Twitter: A linguistic analysis. First Monday. https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v0i0.6017