Scroll through any social media newsfeed and you’ll be met with the typical photo content of sunsets, babies and/or dogs, and the cream of the crop, selfies. The front facing camera has given mobile phone users an ultimate weapon of self-gratification via self-taken headshots. The hashtags that accompany the average selfie are just as groan-worthy as the pictures themselves, but we never learn, do we? Now there is nothing wrong with having a few selfies, that profile picture isn’t going to take itself. But the daily updates of blond hair and flawless winged eyeliner are unnecessary and could be doing more harm than good.
The Greek myth tells us of Narcissus, the handsome youth who was so taken by his own reflection in a pool that he could not tear himself away from the image and wasted away. Today, a condition known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder exists in which the sufferer becomes a modern day Narcissus. Social media had only made it easier for us to fall for ourselves, as it is essentially our social mirror. We can shape who we are for the world to see, keep everything secret, or keep nothing secret; the choice is up to us.
Take a look at this infographic for more on the effects of social media. How has it affected your self-perception? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to like and share.