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Are people really more narcissistic than ever before? If so, are social networks and other new media to blame?

I keep hearing that narcissism is at an all time high. The Millennial generation is now being dubbed Generation ME and walking down the street you can count the number of people you see pointing phones at their faces for "selfies." But is this generation really more narcissistic than previous generations or are social networks and other new media simply a platform for broadcasting narcissistic tendencies that otherwise may have gone unnoticed?

By their nature of relying on user-generated content Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on, encourage an endless stream of self promotion. At what point does this become psychologically destructive? People can get caught up in cultivating their own image rather than interacting with others. My worry is that we will be faced with a generation where everyone acts like the star of their own reality show. Do you think this is where we are headed?

Interesting Reading: http://www.psychalive.org/2012/10/is-social-media-to-blame-for-the-rise-in-narcissism/


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  • May 25 2013: Yes it does.I did it myself but I am very much aware of its impact which is not good.I find it rather dumb and dull in a long run so I tried to minimize my activity by sharing mostly about books or informative magazine I have acquired not all the time though.Observing peoples activity also helps.It's all about showing off what they've got,from new shoes to new phones,the list goes on.And you can see some gets defensive saying it is their page so they can post what they want.

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