Narcissistic personality and selfie taking behavior among college students
Kaur Sukhdeep, Maheshwari SK, Sharma P
Background: The tendency of taking own pictures through smart phones has turn into an observable fact of new culture of the young generation’s resulting in exponential rise in narcissistic features among users. Aim: This study aimed to investigates the narcissistic personality features and selfie taking behavior among college students of Punjab, India. Materials and Methods: Quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional survey design was used to assess the narcissistic features and selfie taking behavior in 300 conveniently selected college going students of Punjab by using socio-demographic data sheet and Narcissistic personality inventory (NPI 16). Findings: Study found that mean narcissistic score of the college students was4.44 (2.6) which is at moderate level. 8.4% of the college students fall under the category of severe narcissistic features, 39% of the college students under moderate narcissistic features and 49% of the college students under mild narcissistic features. Narcissistic features had a significant relationship with number of selfies on an average day, preference of act for selfies, edit selfies before posting and untag themselves from group selfies. Posting of selfies on facebook had significant relationship with narcissistic features at p level <0.05. Conclusion: Study concluded that majority of the selfie taking college students had narcissistic symptoms. Health care professional has pivotal role in early screening of internet users and selfie takers so that appropriate measures/ interventions can be planned to prevent psychological symptoms like narcissism in near future.