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Guess which state is the most narcissistic on social media

Guess which state is the most narcissistic on social media
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Social media has brought a bunch of problems with it. Privacy issues aside, researchers have been discovering more and more psychological issues related to Facebook and its ilk.

Facebook-related paranoia is one thing, but narcissism has always been the dark cloud hovering over social media. A new study reveals the states getting the worst of Facebook-related narcissism.

HeyLets, a social media site, surveyed 2,500 Americans about their social media usage. The survey, which skewed 60% female, came up with some surprising results.

What's most surprising, however, is what HeyLets thinks of its user base:

On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, many so-called 'status updates' are really 'brag-ommendatons' — opportunities to enhance your status with friends and followers by showcasing your apparently amazing life.

The state with the biggest social media-related narcissism issue is, you guessed it, California. Runners-up for this prestigious position are Washington and Nevada.

Note that every single one of these states boasts a major tech or entertainment destination. Respectively, they're Silicon Valley, Seattle and Las Vegas.

If you're curious about the humblest states, then you won't be disappointed. Utah is, according to HeyLets's study, the humblest state on social media platforms.

Oregon and South Carolina follow closely behind Utah.

If you live in one of these states, have you noticed that your posts tend to be more or less humble than the norm? Facebook's sample size for its secret psychology experiment was 700,000, but HeyLets's was only 2,500.

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Source: NBC News
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