Examining the Relationships Between Self-Esteem, Narcissistic Traits and Usage of Social Media Services of Instagram and Twitter

1Leena-Maria Alyedreessy, Tabassum Rashid


Self-esteem is believed to be controlled by ones' own sentiment of being incorporated, preferred and acknowledged by others. Individuals who express large amounts of confidence are frequently being confused with appearing to be narcissistic and the other way around. The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between the use of social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram, on self-esteem and narcissism. The sample comprised of female Twitter and Instagram users residing inSaudi Arabia. Rosenberg’s Self Esteem Scale (SES) and Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) were used. Female Arab Twitter users (n=20) were given a survey asking them about their Twitter interactions. Female Arab Instagram users (n=44) were given a similar survey about Instagram usage and they completed a SES and a Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Results indicated a significant positive correlation between Twitter elites’ feeling of being viewed and self-esteem scale, r= 0.65, p <0.01. However no significant correlation was found for low self- esteem and low interactions and self-esteem and narcissism.


Social media, self-esteem, narration, interaction, online

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