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Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness




Social media has taken the world by storm and the age of selfies has overtaken every aspect of our lives. Not an event or special moment goes by without the urge to whip out the phone for a selfie. People tend to live their lives out on social media and every action or event is designed to be projected out there.
Social media has created a whole generation of narcissists. Not many seem to be concerned about real-world issues anymore. All they want is to be seen at the most happening event, looking their best or posing beside a celebrity. How many youngsters actually look up the news or worry about what’s happening in a third world country? Most would rather take a quick selfie and post it on social media after it has been photoshopped.
Many lead double lives, creating a beautiful imaginary world for themselves on social media, when they are actually quite sad and lonely. Although social media has connected people in many ways, it has also created a larger disconnect in society. All one needs to do is to look around a restaurant and see groups sitting together, glued to their phones instead of interacting with those in front of them.
Everyone seems to be competing for a higher number of followers or likes on social media. The moment a selfie has been posted online, we’re immediately checking to see how many likes it has garnered. This need to look our best in every frame or to have a post of ours retweeted or shared over and over again has made us obsessed with ourselves. This self-obsession leads to more and more people becoming emotionally detached.



This new trend of posting selfies has been a puzzle for researchers in social psychology. In September 2016, a paper published by the University of Florida observed that although narcissism was most frequently associated with the obsession for taking and posting selfies, not all narcissists were prone to posting selfies on a regular basis. Narcissism was ruled out as a predictor for the behavior involved in posting selfies because it needed some other factors.
The researchers from the University of Florida led by Eunice Kim decided to base their work on ‘Theory of Planned Behaviour’ (TPB) that social psychologist Icek Aizen came up with. Rather than focusing only on personality, they set out to understand the link between the behavior and attitude involved in selfie posting. TPB shows that there are many factors that predict behavior, and attitude is just one of them.
For people who post selfies, the first attitude they adhere to is that posting selfies has some importance because it can not only enhance your self-image but is also fun. They do not see anything out of place with this behavior because most of their peers are engaged in the same thing. Those who think they’re too old or would come across as being too vain will not post a selfie because their attitude towards it is different. However, there are those who continuously post selfies to promote themselves and boost their self-image. Every share or like that they receive on a post gives them a high. These people would fall into the category of narcissists because of their obsession for self-gratification.
In the final analysis, when the obsession for taking selfies is viewed with a wider lens one realizes that it is not just narcissism which drives this obsession but also social norms. Although taking selfies may come across as a vain act, they are also fun and help people stay connected.
Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness Reviewed by Tyler on January 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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