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Tweeting a lot doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a #narcissist

Why do people tweet? Maybe it’s because they’re narcissists, says science. More specifically, millennial narcissists (so just… millennials?) prefer to tweet, while old narcissists prefer to post Facebook statuses. Because of course they do.

“Narcissism does appear to be a primary driver for the desire for (Twitter) followers, which in turn drives tweets,” writes the research team.

Does it?

This, to me, someone who tweets a lot, seems both a little bit right and a little bit wrong. On the one hand, sure, there is something undeniably performative that happens when one tweets a lot, whether that is the performance of a persona or a character or a winking parody of yourself. But is performance a necessarily narcissistic endeavor?

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