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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 27 2013: No, this generation isn't more narcissistic than any before it. Facebook, Twitter, etc, are just new ways of people fitting in, or following the leader. Years ago, a cool kid started wearing a jean jacket, so everyone who wanted to be cool did the same. Now, a cool kid puts a ton of "duck-face" portraits on their page and all the kids who want to be cool...do the same. Every generation will find a way to stand out.

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