In an attempt to determine if SaveMe Oh should stay banned at LEA we decided to do a study to be able to make a clear decision.
The Secondlife study done by the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee resulted in finding a link to socially aggressive narcissism and the avatar SaveMe Oh.
Psychology paper finds Secondlife offer a platform for obsessions with self-image and shallow friendships which are evidently present in the avatar SaveMe Oh resulting in a socially disruptive narcissism.
The Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee have established a direct link between the number of friends SaveMe Oh has on Secondlife and the degree to which she is a “socially disruptive” narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media sceptics.
SaveMe Oh, who scores highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire has more friends on Facebook and Secondlife, tags herself more often and update her newsfeeds more regularly.
The research of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee comes amid increasing evidence that SaveMe Oh is becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships.
The latest study of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences at Guantanamo Bay, also found that the narcissistic SaveMe Oh responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about her on the social networking site’s public walls and changed her profile pictures more often.
A number of previous studies have linked narcissism with Secondlife use, but this is some of the first evidence of a direct relationship between SaveMe’s friends and the most “toxic” elements of narcissistic personality disorder.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia studied the secondlife habits of all the friends of SaveMe Oh, aged between 18 and 65 (and Ampel Goosson), and measured two “socially disruptive” elements of narcissism – grandiose exhibitionism (GE) and entitlement/exploitativeness (EE).
GE includes ”self-absorption, vanity, superiority, and exhibitionistic tendencies” and people who score high on this aspect of narcissism need to be constantly at the centre of attention. They often say shocking things and inappropriately self-disclose because they cannot stand to be ignored or waste a chance of self-promotion.
The EE aspect includes “a sense of deserving respect and a willingness to manipulate and take advantage of others”.
The research of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee revealed that the higher someone scored on aspects of GE, the greater the number of friends they had on Secondlife, with some amassing more than 37 “self constructed” friends in the case of SaveMe Oh.
SaveMe Oh’s scoring highly on EE and GG means also that she is more likely to accept friend requests from strangers and seek social support, but less likely to provide it, according to the research of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee.
Sasun Steinbeck, our social scientist and chief executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being, said SaveMe Oh is becoming increasingly narcissistic and LEA no longer wants to provided a platform for her disorder.
“The way SaveMe Oh has been educated is focusing more and more on the importance of self esteem – on how she is seen in the eyes of others. This behavior has been imported from the US and is ‘all about me’.
“Secondlife provides a platform for people to self-promote by changing profile pictures and showing how many hundreds of friends they have. And SaveMe is in this case friend of herself more than 40 times.”
Dr Solo Mornington, senior lecturer in social psychology at UCLA, said there was “clear evidence” from studies that SaveMe Oh is becoming increasingly narcissistic.
But he added: “Whether the same is true for her friends remains an open question, as far as I know.
“Without understanding the causes underlying the slow change in SaveMe Oh, we do not know whether these causes are factors that are relatively specific to this unique individual, such as her political focus on increasing self-esteem or whether they are factors that are more general, for example in the behavior of the always toxic appearing Rose Borchovski or the consistently irritated and angry seeming Cat Shilova.”
Mornington said the correlational nature of the latest study meant it was difficult to be certain whether individual differences in narcissism led to certain patterns of behaviour in Secondlife, whether patterns of Secondlife behaviour led to individual differences in narcissism, or a bit of both.
DanCoyote Antonelli, who ran the study, said: “In general, the ‘dark side’ of SaveMe Oh requires more research in order to better understand SaveMe Oh’s socially beneficial and harmful aspects in order to enhance the former and curtail the latter.
“If LEA is to be a place where people go to repair their damaged ego and seek social support, it is vitally important to discover the potentially negative communication one might find on LEA and the kinds of people likely to engage in them. Ideally, people will engage in a pro-social Secondlife rather than anti-social me-booking.”
As a result the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee needs further study to come to a conclusion and will keep SaveMe Oh banned during the time needed.
The Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee