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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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    Jun 19 2013: social networks have simply made the less savoury side of us all more evident.

    nothing like being able to lash out with an anonymous, emotive opinion to bring out the noisy empty vessel in all of us.

    i think people are slowly waking up to the fact that things like facebook are no better than gossip magazines and the like. in other words, they are not as important as a lot media folk are saying
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      Jun 21 2013: Well stated Scott. I suppose most want to be heard and seeing your words in print , with access to many brings a feeling of belonging, recognition. I do agree "people are waking up" for there is no long term personal gain feeding the "noisy empty vessel"

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