Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Popular Culture Shows How Increasingly Narcissistic Our Society Has Become

"Narcissism, research shows, is on the rise…. Nathan DeWall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky, has come to the same conclusion based on quite a different avenue of research. DeWall and his colleagues analyzed the lyrics of songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from 1980 to 2007. They found a statistically significant trend toward narcissism in the music, with the words 'I' and 'me' gradually replacing 'we' and 'us.' Recent examples of narcissism in popular songs include Justin Timberlake's 2006 proclamation, 'I'm bringing sexy back,' and Beyoncé's 2005 line, 'It's blazin', you watch me in amazement.'"

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BadUncle (#153)

Yeah, we've come a long way from Duran Duran.

The first place I read about this study mentioned Weezer in the opening paragraph.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Wasn’t this discussed in-depth when the DSM was adjusted to get rid of narcissism and instead focus on the negative aspects of the condition? I know this for a fact because every asshole narcissist I know casually points that out nowadays when they are acting like an asshole narcissist.

kneetoe (#1,881)

"I'm bringing sexy back to us." Fixed.

C_Webb (#855)

@kneetoe "I'm bringing sexy back. Thank you for letting me borrow it."

kneetoe (#1,881)

@C_Webb Ha!

Multiphasic (#411)

I don't really see what this has to do with me.

Smitros (#5,315)

@Multiphasic Or me, Al Franken.

DMcK (#5,027)

Would a lengthy and detailed exegesis concerning one's life and habits as a goo goo muck truly count as an example of narcissism?

@DMcK : Let me tell you about that time I was a human fly.

KarenUhOh (#19)

We just wanna be your dogs.

This study was poorly done on multiple levels. Least of all the completely different way that the Hot 100 — the basis for the study — was tabulated back in the day as opposed to the way it's opposed to now. But, you know, "the kids today have it all wrong" narratives are important, I guess.

This guy demolishes the junk science behind the pretty graphs, too.

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