Project Title

Narcissistic Personality Traits and the Use of GroupMe among College Students

Academic department under which the project should be listed

BCOE - Secondary & Middle Grades Education

Faculty Sponsor Name

Jennifer Willard

Awaiting IRB approval.

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between college students’ narcissistic personality traits and their behavior on GroupMe. GroupMe is application that facilitates group text messaging and is popular among college students. Although they are not the same social media platforms, Facebook use can trigger narcissistic personality traits (Szücs & Gail, 2020). Additionally, individuals who specifically seek gratification through social platforms tend to display more narcissistic personality traits (Kircaburun et al., 2018). Researchers also find that more narcissistic individuals use social media platforms as a means of validation (Zia & Malik, 2019). Thus, it may be possible that college students who display more narcissistic characteristics would be likely to use GroupMe in more narcissistic ways, such as engaging in more attention seeking behavior. In the current study, college students enrolled in introductory psychology classes will be asked to complete an online survey that measures their level of narcissism and their GroupMe behavior. It is expected that there will be a positive association between the two. Participants will also complete demographic information. These data may be useful for identifying narcissistic behavioral tendencies among college students using GroupMe.

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Narcissistic Personality Traits and the Use of GroupMe among College Students

The purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between college students’ narcissistic personality traits and their behavior on GroupMe. GroupMe is application that facilitates group text messaging and is popular among college students. Although they are not the same social media platforms, Facebook use can trigger narcissistic personality traits (Szücs & Gail, 2020). Additionally, individuals who specifically seek gratification through social platforms tend to display more narcissistic personality traits (Kircaburun et al., 2018). Researchers also find that more narcissistic individuals use social media platforms as a means of validation (Zia & Malik, 2019). Thus, it may be possible that college students who display more narcissistic characteristics would be likely to use GroupMe in more narcissistic ways, such as engaging in more attention seeking behavior. In the current study, college students enrolled in introductory psychology classes will be asked to complete an online survey that measures their level of narcissism and their GroupMe behavior. It is expected that there will be a positive association between the two. Participants will also complete demographic information. These data may be useful for identifying narcissistic behavioral tendencies among college students using GroupMe.