Selfie Syndrome: From Fashion To Narcissism, Addiction And Mental Health Issues
Is egomania an inevitable reaction on social platforms? Analysis shows that the excessive use of Facebook and Twitter awakens the narcissus of users, and may cause a selfie addiction and mental health issues.
When talking about selfies, have you ever wondered what your photos say about you? According to experts, if you like sharing them on social networks, you may be expressing certain needs.
Under the hashtags #me or #selfie, which usually accompany self-portraits, thousands of people post their photos on social networks. Only on Facebook, it’s estimated that more than 240 billion selfies circulate. Have you ever wondered why do people do this?
The most obvious reasons why are:
– For fun
– To show achievements
– As a message for someone
– To share moments
Even though we should not generalize, Psychology experts say that excessive exposure of personal life could also speak of subjects with low self-esteem, who seek approval and acceptance from others.
Sociologists and psychiatrists agree that people show only what they want to show, building an identity for the public, only to receive positive feedback and be validated.
Therefore, there are those who consider the selfie trend as an act of vanity, which indicates narcissism, or lack of self-esteem. This further translates into the need for self-affirmation and identity construction.
The Selfie Syndrome
But, what is a selfie? The act of self-photography through a smartphone or even a webcam while we eat sushi in our favorite Japanese restaurant, buy the latest model of shirts, exercise in a gym… the list is long. And then, the upload of these photos on social media.
As the technology advances, so does the social media and people’s selfies. We see them posted almost instantly on people’s social profiles, repeatedly taken in the same position. When posted, the biggest concern is how many ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ you’ll get.
The term selfie has been chosen by Time Magazine in 2012, as one of those that marked the year’s trend. But, ‘Me, me and only me’ seems to be today’s mantra. Thus, the question arises: are we becoming narcissists in digital culture? Taking a photo of yourself occasionally can be fun, if you do not take it seriously. However, when we see people taking pictures every five minutes, in all possible poses and circumstances, to post them on social networks and change their profile pictures on a daily basis, something is not right.
Today, it’s difficult to determine the exact number of photos tagged with the word selfie. And, this makes it difficult to understand the reason behind it.
Is it about loneliness, insecurity, narcissism? Have you ever seen someone taking a selfie while looking in the mirror at a social event? What do studies tell us?
Today’s trend of self-portraits on social networks can easily turn a person into a narcissist. Especially if you’re looking for confirmation and admiration of your physical and intellectual abilities. This can further develop an addiction and cause psychological problems, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dysmorphophobia, and other mental health issues.
Addicted To Self-Portraits
People who are obsessed with publishing and sharing selfies mostly see only what exists in the social media. They are usually well connected in the media, but have superficial relationships, bad sense of intimacy, and avoid face-to-face gatherings.
The excessive use of social networks mostly reflects in its young users, and often results with narcissism, addiction, and mental health issues.
This is a personality disorder that involves concern for oneself and how he/she is perceived by others. These people need to satisfy their ego, and get admiration and recognition of his/hers physical and intellectual abilities.
Does it sound familiar? To me, yes!
Various studies show that social networks have contributed to the fact that society, in general, has become more narcissistic. In this sense, researchers note that people who write a lot on social media prove to have a rather insecure and narcissistic personality.
The symptoms of a narcissistic person are:
– Does not listen to others; denies, disqualifies and ignores other people’s comments.
– Worries only for oneself.
– Feel and act above all.
– Intolerant of criticism.
– Don’t accept responsibility.
– Explosive personalities.
Mental Health Issues
According to different studies, the excessive use of social networks can produce psychological problems such as:
– Attention deficit and hyperactivity
– Obsessive-compulsive disorder
– Narcissistic personality disorder
– Schizoaffective and schizotypal disorders
There are warning signs that can alarm you before the hobby becomes an addiction. Thus, you need to be careful, especially in young people, and stop this destructive behavior.
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