Dr. Kimberly Hardy & Dr. Charles Honts
The amount of literature on social networking sites (SNS) and narcissism has increased significantly in recent years. There is research that supports the often-made assertion that the millennial generation, those in college from the early 2000s to late 2010s, are more narcissistic than previous generations (Twenge, Konrath, Foster, Campbell, & Bushman, 2008a, 2008b). As a result of those findings, greater levels of variable specification may be required. Testing the relationships among key variables is important when trying to understand the impact of these technological forums. Although research has examined the relationship between narcissism and SNS, few studies have focused on romantic relationships. Therefore, the main focus of this research is to examine if a person’s relationship satisfaction will have an impact on: (a) how often they use SNS, (b) how they use SNS, and (c) if that person displays more narcissistic characteristics. Participants will be recruited through an undergraduate course at a western metropolitan university and complete a self-report questionnaire alongside a daily diary entry. Their levels of narcissism, SNS usage, SNS activities, and relationships satisfaction will be measured.
Martinez, Chantal, "Millennials, Narcissism and Social Networking: The Mediating Role of Relationship Satisfaction" (2016). 2016 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. Paper 91.