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How You Use Instagram Confirms A Sad Truth About Your Personality, Study Says

If you're obsessed with doin' it for the ‘Gram, the results of a new study are about to make for pretty grim reading.

Instagram users are narcissistic attention-seekers who require constant validation and approval from their peers, apparently.

Kylie Jenner crouching on floor in selfie

Shocking, right? I mean, a lot of Instagram pics are people showing off or posting the only flattering selfie out of the hundreds they took, so who would have thought it's a hotbed of vanity?

Data obtained by LendEDU has confirmed what we already know: Out of all the social media apps on your phone, Insta is the one you turn to for an ego boost.

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A survey of 10,000 millennials found 64 percent believe Instagram is the most narcissistic social media platform — with more votes than Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat combined.

It's going to break my heart to have to deliver this news to the #dogsofinstagram.

Chart showing narcissism of social media apps


When you're not posting selfie after selfie on Instagram because you're obsessed with how you look, you're probably deleting that ill-advised pic that people just didn't love.

The survey found 78 percent of millennials know someone who has deleted a post because it didn't get enough likes.

For me, the weirdest part of that is it doesn't surprise me.

It basically confirms most people post to seek validation from others, and it's just another example of what a beautiful hot mess our generation is.

Guys in sunglasses taking selfie with backwards hat


Or, as LendEDU says,

The world of social media has become so expansive and diverse that its original intent has become convoluted.

For (millennials), social media is a powerful tool with the ability to create an entirely new persona, void of reality.

The formula is quite simple. If you post enough artsy, chic pictures of yourself that rack up plenty of likes, then real-life accomplishments will not matter because the popularity of your social media accounts will determine your status on the social hierarchy.

Screenshot of "Bachelor" Nick Viall in a tuxedo taking a mirror selfie with his new fiancee Vanessa Grimaldi, who is smiling in a black dress and showing off her Neil Lane engagement ring.


Cheery, isn't it?

But you know what? Screw the haters.

If you don't care that you're trapped in a world of narcissism and getting likes on Instagram is what makes you happy, keep doing you.

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Harley Tamplin


Harley Tamplin is a writer for Elite Daily and British guy lost in New York City. He previously worked for Metro.co.uk in London.
Harley Tamplin is a writer for Elite Daily and British guy lost in New York City. He previously worked for Metro.co.uk in London.

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