Social Media Narcisism: The Curated Self

Posted: November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Many argue that online networks like Facebook and Instagram have created a culture of narcissism — Selfie Culture.

On selfie culture, see “Scrutizing the Selfie” and “Smug shots and selfless: the rise of Internet self-obsession“. Also see this article in the New York Times, “What Selfie Sticks Really Tell Us About Ourselves” and this article on glamour photo shoots for personal branding, “When Selfies Won’t Do“.

Digital social class cultures, such as the “Rich Kids of Instagram“, have emerged online and provoked controversy. See “Why the Internet hates the Rich Kids of Instagram”.  See also “Meet the Prom Queen of Instagram”.  Amalia Ulman has transformed her photo spoofs of selfie culture into art — and her work will have a show at the Tate Modern in London. See, “Tate Modern Taps Amalia Ulman for New Show.”

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People now take selfies at funerals. There is a Tumblr called Selfies at Funerals. On that subject, see “A third of mourners admit to taking selfies at funerals“. People are actually geting killed taking selfies in dangerous situations. See this article in Mashable, “More People Die Taking Selfies Than From Shark Attacks“.

Also, a new hashtag is #aftersex — selfies taken right after sex. On that trend see this article in the Guardian, “The #aftersex selfie is a betrayal of intimacy” and in the Telegraph, “After sex selfies? Showing off just got a whole lot dirtier.”

For an academic study, see “Is Facebook Linked to Selfishness? Investigating the Relationship Between Social Media Use, Empathy, and Narcissism”.  Also you can download this PEW study, “Generations and Selfies“.


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