The purpose of the study is to find out the double personality disorder caused by the paradox between individuals’ behaviors and their behaviors through social media application. There is a direct link between increased social media use and individuals’ behaviors. Unfortunately, many people are active users of social media today, and are predominately at high risk of developing change in behaviors. So far, there is no mechanism that indicates how social media and change of individuals’ behaviors are linked. Consequently, this research explores how social media causes the double personality disorder caused by the contradiction between individuals’ behaviors and their behavior through social media application. The study shall focus on the effects of social media paradox on individuals, reasons for the paradox behavior, and the signs and symptoms of the personality disorder.
Double Personality Disorder
There has been a developing concern on the connection between the use of social media and the double personality disorder. Different studies have shown clearly how the use of social media has increased the mental health disorder (APA, 2000). However, it has not clearly shown how the two are correlated. The aim of this thesis is to find out how social media is connected to the double personality disorder. In order to achieve this objective, the researcher evaluates and combines existing literature regarding the social media and effects on the paradox of individuals’ behaviors together with the signs and symptoms of the disorder.
Social media refers to the electronic forms of communication, such as websites for social networking where users create online communities for sharing information, ideas, messages, videos, and other contents. Social media has connected many people across the globe. Popular social networking sites include Snapchat, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, with Facebook leading (Smith, 2013). The increased usage of social media is attributed to the building of the platforms on smart phones and tablets, which have increased in popularity. For instance, an estimated number of over 300 million facebook users use mobiles (DeSilver, 2014). Double personality disorder is a condition where a person’s identity or characteristic is fragmented into two dispositions. Double personal disorder is a condition where an individual takes on two or more identities. In most cases, the condition is exemplified by identity fragmentation rather than proliferation of two identities.
Effects of Social Media Paradox on Individuals
Different studies have indicated a link between social media and the paradox of individuals. Social media causes health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, loneliness, and narcissism. If social media is linked with these effects, the researcher needs to analyze the effects that are associated with social media with regards to double personality disorder.
The use of social media has had a negative paradox impact on individuals. In 1995, for instance, The Home Net scheme supplied internet services and computers and investigated their psychological health after few years. In their conclusion, it was found that internet usage, that is social media, was associated with many signs of depression and loneliness (Kraut et al., 2002). In 2013, another study was conducted by Rosen et al. (2013) which involved 1,143 college students Facebook users. The investigation discovered that several depressive orders, for instance, dysthymia, narcissism, and antisocial personal disorder among others were anticipated by Facebook usage variables.
According to an investigation carried out by Rosen (2013), it was discovered that several individuals with narcissism social media activity were linked to low depression levels. In as much as depression levels were low, the study does not point out any significant prospect. A study conducted by the American Psychiatric Association indicates that narcissism personality disorder is discernible by the magnificent sense of self-importance, imaginations of boundless power, self-glorification, egotism, and superficial relationships, which translates to double personality disorder (APA, 2000).
Moreover, social media have been found to aggravate narcissism according to Rosen et al. (2013). The investigations conducted by the researchers found that individuals who spent more time on Facebook exhibit higher rates of narcissism.
Reasons for Paradox Behavior
There are no established causes of paradox behaviors among individuals. However, there are some characteristics that are associated with the behaviors. The desire for big personality causes individuals to exhibit the paradox behavior. This makes individuals to be engrossed with self-adequacy, power, and prestige, which makes them be infatuated by the need for attention. Furthermore, the paradox of individual’s behavior through social media is as a result of delicate, deeply aggrieved self-conceit and the need for ending an ego in order to hide a blemish among individuals and overplay them. Using double personality presentation in social media, they tend to assume a positive perception about them has been created.
Signs and Symptoms of Double Personality Disorders
Several signs and symptoms are exhibited among individuals with double personality disorders. First, double personality disorder makes individuals to be highly fascinated or charming. They tend to be highly possessed with themselves and disregard others in their course. In their communication on social media, they cultivate an elegant communication through manipulation techniques that try to portray a big impression among people.
Furthermore, double personality disorder individuals are self-centered. This symptom is exhibited in their communication on social media, which is self-centered. They tend to withdraw from the communication when it is not concerning them. Another sign for double personality disorder among individuals is their lack of empathy for other individuals. This is because they are much contained in their own system, making them unable to empathize with other individuals. Their motive to be nice to other people is driven by the desire for something for their benefit.
Moreover, double personality disorder individuals are characterized by the desire for power, status, and recognition. In this regard, they do everything at their disposal in order to get more fans and followers. This happens through their presentation in social media.
The research study will entail two methodologies: primary and secondary research. These involve gathering of significant information from specific sources and compiling database in order to analyze and come up with a common ground about the findings. Primary research is fundamentally gathering information from direct inquiries from affected people, such as questionnaires, and interviews with a special focus on the affected population. Secondary research, on the other hand, entails getting information from source materials, such as books, magazines, newspapers, relevant media, and online sources. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection apparatus will be entailed.
The research investigation on the link between social media and double personality disorder has demonstrated the usefulness of the topic, for instance, the effects, cause, and symptoms. There are a number of issues related with the topic of the relationship between social media and double personality disorder. There is a direct connection between social media use and the double personality disorder as a result of the paradox between individual’s behavior and their behaviors on social media.
The research has not covered all aspects on the connection of individual’s behavior and social media. These shortcomings are as a result of unavailability of all the factors entailed in establishing the relationship between social media and double behaviors among individuals. In addition, there has been no thorough research that has been conducted explorative on social media since it is still a new topic to be explored.
The topic is important to be explored further in a research review. This will be useful in increasing public awareness about the link between social media use and double personality disorders. Social media has several advantages and disadvantages, especially in enhancing the paradox of double behaviors among individuals. The consequences will be useful in helping individuals to make informed decisions about social media use and their conditions. In future, the research should explore further connection between social media and double behavior disorder and how people can be guarded against it in order to give more recommendations.