Captain Obvious Strikes the Facebook

A new study says that people who count their friends, flood the Internet with pictures of themselves, and notify us what they’re eating for lunch are desperate for attention.  Who would have thought?!

Researcher Soraya Mehdizadeh from York University in Canada asked 100 students, 50 male and 50 female, aged between 18 and 25 about their Facebook habits. They all took psychology tests to measure their levels of narcissism, which the study defined as ‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance’. Those who scored higher on the narcissism test checked their Facebook pages more often each day than those who did not. This may not be altogether surprising as it is widely thought, however contradictory it may appear, that narcissism is linked to a deep-rooted lack of self-esteem.

Daily Mail via Geekologie

GTFO.  Next thing you know, you’re going to be telling me that men use it to look at pictures of women they don’t have enough confidence to talk to IRL.  Yea right!  But wait, there’s more the status-update obsessed are also dumber.

A study earlier this week showed that the grades of students who use Facebook while they study, even if it is only on in the background, are 20 per cent lower on average than those of non-users.

Too busy typing “zomg i hate studying!!” and uploading pictures of the textbook to learn them maths.


Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Your Crazy Ass Might Want to Think About a New Identity

Earlier this week Eric Schmidt sat down with the the Wall Street Journal and offered some interesting insights about the future of the web and mobile devices.  He also subtly pointed out that there are inherent social dangers within businesses like his own.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” he says.

Let’s admit it: most people are idiots, and if there’s one thing idiots love it’s talking about themselves.  That and Farmville.  So everybody puts all this information out there just because they get a hardon from the idea that someone might care enough to actually read it.  Thanks for the update @SweetieBabe, I’m real glad you made it all the way to the grocery store!  Remember to pick up some Ammodium for that other problem you mentioned in your Facebook status.

So what happens when you need a job, but all the interviewer has to do is google your name to come up with 1000 pictures of you passed out covered in your own puke and trying all the GENIUS stuff you see on TV?

He predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.

Hm.  Not bad.  Or we could just go back to the good old days when the Internet was the Wild West, and you didn’t have to worry that having a good time was going to make you a pariah at the ol’ water cooler…once you managed to stumble into the office.