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Selfies and the age of narcissism | Moms

I’m just gonna say it: Enough with the selfies.

It’s not only embarrassing for you, but for everyone else too.

It’s embarrassing because it shows that there are entire generations who think uploading pictures of themselves in everyday situations is more interesting than actually living life.


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When was it decided that this level of self-absorption was normal?

My best guess is sometime around 1975 because if you look on the internet, it’s mainly 30-somethings and younger who are constantly taking pictures of themselves doing the most mundane things:

“Oooh! Look at this awesome outfit I’m wearing! Don’t I look great?”

“See, this is how sexy I look when I make smoldering eyes and pucker my lips in the most alluring of ways…like a duck.”

“Workin’ out hard at the gym [here is a picture of my flexing bicep to prove it].”

I mean, do you really need the approval of your online “friends” or “followers”? Will it really make your day if one of the billons of people online comment on how great you look?

That’s putting a lot of credence on other people’s opinion and while I’m sure every else is as flattered that you hold their opinion in such esteem as I am, I should be honest with you and tell you that really, we don’t care.

Look, maybe instead of approval from other people, you’re just trying to be interesting?

“Look how great my life is! I’m at [insert amazing, interesting place here].”

Call me naïve, but if you just want to tell me where you’re at, I’ll believe you.

Seeing a close-up of your face on a beach somewhere is just not interesting.

Maybe if you want to show me the pictures of said beach, then we’re getting somewhere!

Here’s the thing: I get wanting to document your life in pictures. Heck, ask my husband. I’m practically paparazzi when it comes to pictures of the kids or documenting birthday parties or holidays.

But taking pictures of events and other people is completely different from this weird, narcissistic habit of posting selfies.

There is nostalgia in pictures of holidays or family picnics.

Can you honestly say that seeing yourself pose in front of a bathroom mirror really something you’ll be proud to show your grandkids one day?

How creepy would it be to go to someone’s house and flip through photo album after photo album of their selfies?

You’d probably put the book down and slowly back away toward the door; so why is posting million selfies online any different?

When you take pictures of yourself rather than other people or even the scenery around you, it is a not-so-subtle way of broadcasting that you think you are the most important, interesting thing going on at the time…and newsflash? You’re not.

And it’s creepy and weird if you think you are.

Look, chances are, if you’re a habitual selfie-poster I’ve probably ticked you off.

But why? Why does one person’s opinion of you matter? In the grand scheme of things, it shouldn’t.

And that’s the point here.

You shouldn’t be looking for validation from people online.

Put down the smartphone and go interact with real people. Have experiences and relationships with them. Become enriched by the simple task of day-to-day living.

I guarantee you’ll find that living your life is far more interesting than taking pictures of yourself.

You shouldn’t be looking for validation from people online.


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