It is know that gays tend to experience more cyberbullying online.A new study looks at how that plays out in online dating environments and how it relates to personality traits, like narcissism.
The study looked at 347 adults who took a series of online surveys and questionnaires.
The results are self-reported, but were constrained to multiple choice items and rating scales to ensure accuracy.
The results touched on differences in the prevalence of pathological narcissism, cyberbullying, and the interaction between the two.
Narcissism aside, homosexual people tended to be harassed more often than straight people, but there was no difference in how often they perpetrated cyberbullying.
Bullying aside, the researchers found more pathological narcissism overall and the sub-trait of grandiosity (thinking you are better than everyone else) among gay men than among straight women.
When narcissistic traits and cyberbullying are considered together, a couple interesting patterns emerged.First, the researchers looked at two components of pathological narcissism: vulnerability and grandiosity.As mentioned above, grandiosity is thinking you're better than everyone else.Vulnerability is used to describe people who are pathologically narcissistic and who are hypersensitive to criticism.Among gay men, narcissism vulnerability correlated with being a cyberbullying victim; the stronger the narcissism trait, the more intense the cyberbullying.The same pattern was not found among lesbians, however.