Social Media and Narcissism: I am pretty sure that you are familiar with the myth of Narcissus, a young and very handsome man who fell in love with his reflection in the water in Greek Mythology. Narcissism is named after this guy who was so insanely obsessed with himself that he drowned while he was looking at his reflection and, as you can guess, it is the obsession of someone with his own looks. Now it is time to take a leap forward in a time machine to get back to the present… Don’t  we look like Narcissus, who was admiring himself in the water, while taking selfies? The only difference here is that we are looking at ourselves through the cameras of mobile phones while he was looking at himself through the water. We should take a reality check  and turn back to our state of consciousness before we drown.

Pre-reading

Videos:

  • The psychology of narcissism – W. Keith Campbell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arJLy3hX1E8

  • Young Women, Narcissism and the Selfie Phenomenon | Mary McGill | TEDxGalway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb2J5eDoFko

  • Generation Me – The Downsides of Taking Selfies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=was0EQ0R8Ek

Articles:

  • What is the Real Link between Selfies and Narcissism?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/close-encounters/201508/what-is-the-real-link-between-selfies-and-narcissism

  • David Brooks on character in the selfie age

https://www.thersa.org/discover/videos/rsa-shorts/2016/david-brooks-on-character-in-the-selfie-age

Writing Task: After you familiarize yourself with the issue by reading and watching the material provided, try to write an essay discussing the effects of social media on narcissism. You can use the following points;

  1. Why does everyone post their photos on Facebook?
  2. How does this selfie phenomenon affect our psychological state?
  3. Focusing on our selves prevents us from noticing others around us.
  4. Those people who continuously post on social media place value on looks instead of ideas or inner selves.

YADYOK Assistant
Sinan Çakmak

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