Narcissism And Self-Esteem Essay

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The opposition has focused on research looking into the empirical evidence the proponents present. In the research conducted by Trzesniewski, Donnellan, & Robins (2008), they evaluated the empirical basis of the research and findings of Twenge and colleagues(year), specifically the limitations of convenience sampling. The first issue raised involved their technique of cross-temporal meta-analysis, which compiles data from a questionnaire for an extensive number of years. With this concern Trzesniewski and colleagues (2008) questioned Twenge’s study’s use of college students at 4-year institutions due to the fact that such a section only represents about 20% of the population of Americans at age 18-24. This raised the concern applicable to …show more content…
This theory explains how many wear a narcissism mask to cover up low self-esteem making narcissism and self-esteem negatively correlated (Barnett & Powell, 2016). They have also discredited the findings of GenMe advocates by addressing the availability heuristic, a mental shortcut that relies on immediate examples that come to a given person’s mind when evaluating a specific topic. Here, opponents argue that today’s generation is being judged based on the people most visible to the public eye, for instance all the people seen snapping selfies on the train or at a restaurant or the teens constantly using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bergman et al. (2011) also addressed the social media aspect that the proponents base many of their claims on. In their study, Bergman examined the link between narcissism and both social network activities and motivation for social network activities (Bergman et al., 2011). Results found narcissism did not relate to the amount of time spent on social networking sites, frequency of status updates, posting picture of others, or checking up on social networking friends. However, narcissism was predictive of reasons why millennials use social networking sites, such as believing their social network friends were interested in what they were doing. Bergman claimed that his findings showed that millennials use social media because it is the norm of the time, and that actual narcissists do not use social media more often, they just use it for different reasons than before (Bergman et al.,

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