Like me! The desperate cry for attention of the Facebook generation
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NARCISSISM | Studies are showing that we are living in an increasingly narcissistic society. Millennials are more likely to value money, image and fame over community, affiliation and self-acceptance. Is social media to blame for the rise in narcissism?
In a world where primetime television is dominated by a “reality” as false as the Kardashians’ lashes, and people sit across dinner tables checking in on Facebook rather than having face-to-face conversations, this may not come as a surprise.
Attention seeking behaviour
Social media has provided an unparalleled platform for attention-seeking behaviour. Perhaps best represented by the overshare. Take Facebook posts for instance.
Oversharing is prolific. People post soft-porn photos of themselves, the details of their dinner/their latest break-up/ their child’s bowel habits. And they’re the amateurs. The real deal does hard-ons, tampons and STDs. Contrary to the concern that people have lost all sense of decency, it turns out that they just want to connect.
Much has been written about the rise of narcissism amongst millennials, the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s, a generation controversially dubbed “Generation Me”. In data from 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as fast as obesity from the 1980s to the present. Perhaps more troubling, Millenials show an increase in extrinsic values rather than intrinsic values. Hence the needing excessive admiration and approval from others.
Last updated on: 25 April 2020
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Zapedski Regular Edition #2:
Limited edition art print on paper,
42 x 29,7 cm (16,5 x 11,7 inch),
1st printing, FEB/2016, 500 copies
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