Narcissism the New Black for iGen
So turns out we’re all drowning in our own reflections, and it’s all thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Larry Rosen, Professor of Psychology at California State University has published a book on the dangers of social media making us increasingly narcissistic.
While being interviewed old-school style, on ABC Radio National Rosen spoke about his book iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology And Overcoming Its Hold On Us.
iDisorder is where technology is literally making us exhibit signs and symptons of a whole bunch of psychological disorders including narcissistic personality disorder, depression, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder even a little bit of schizoid personality.
According to Rosen, over the years we’ve become increasingly self-obsessed to the point where songs are now self-focused, Facebook is all about promoting your own life, and collecting friends is making a point about how great your life is.
The Olympics are just harrowing in this point. At a time where the focus in on national pride and Australia’s sporting achievement, athletes are succumbing to social media just like the rest of us.
20-year-old Emily Seebohm took out silver in her 100m backstroke final but admits she was using social media hours before her race, finding herself taken in by the hype surounding her chances at winning gold.
Let’s not forget good ol’ Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk’s little kerfuffle when they posted pics on Facebook holding firearms back in January. They’ve now self-banned themselves from social media until after the Games.
So if you contained your ADD enough to make it to the end of this article without taking a selfie and instagramming it before settling into a pool of depression because the vintage tones just don’t do your ducklips justice, snaps to you – you may be one of a kind.
But whatevz – #yolo
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