Social media has changed everything, shaping mass culture in the most powerful way possible.
Note – this is just an opinion, so you don’t have to agree with it.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
People no longer communicate with one another in the same way as before. Now, we have social media that have made the entire generation narcissists. Their main focus is taking the perfect selfie and editing it until it makes them barely recognizable but incredibly attractive so that everyone can admire their beauty and happiness once they post it on every social media account they have. In the meantime, the real-world problems are put on hold.
Social media has given as the ability to present our lives in the way we want, but that only means that we have allowed it to take over our lives. We post things that put us in the center of attention, making us more self-centered than humankind has ever been. We share things about us to convince others that we have perfect friends, family, relationships, personality, work, and life. We choose to post only the things that make our lives look more fulfilled.
Some people say we are now more connected than ever thanks to social media, but the reality is, many teenagers isolate themselves in their rooms, spending their time on their smartphones or laptops. That makes us more separated than connected.
People are now competing with one another for likes, shares, followers, and other “measures” for popularity on social media platforms. Even though there are people who don’t use social media for this purpose, the bad is still outweighing the good on a large scale.
We usually don’t present ourselves on our social media as who we are, but who we want to be. This can lead to self-obsession, which is more than just taking selfies. It’s about making us more popular than we can ever be in real life. Sharing things makes us more visible and valid in this world governed by social media rules.
A lot of people get extremely excited when they see someone shares, likes, or retweets their post. This happens because the brain releases a small amount of the hormone dopamine when someone experiences this, and scientists compare it to the rush of dopamine triggered by a tiny amount of cocaine. How many times have you seen someone begging for a follow or like? How many times have you seen the hashtag #follow4follow or #likeforlike? How many times it was you who begged for a follow or like?
Social media can be incredibly useful if we use it in the right way. But, many of us are using it to ask for approval from others and affirm our egos. If you scroll through your Facebook feed right now, you’ll probably notice dozens of instances of self-obsession within the first minute, right?
Social media may help create an entire generation of narcissists, but the bottom line is that it is us who allow this to happen by using it in the wrong way, by either becoming a self-centered narcissist who seeks validation from others, or by supporting them through follows, likes, and retweets.