The obsession for selfies is form of narcissism. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope and he was known for his beauty. He was a young man proud of himself and presumptuous who disdained people who loved him.
One day, Nemesis (spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris) noticed Narcissus’ behavior and led him to a pool where the young man noticed his image reflected in the water and he felt in love with that image. He was so attracted that he never detached from it and he died for staring at the reflection because he did not eat nor drink.
In SM era, the pool is represented by the cell phone with a camera in selfie mode. Taking selfie is a phenomenon in steady increase and very popular for millennial generation.
Self-esteem and narcissism are opposite for conceptions and behaviors. We feed our self-esteem with accomplishment; narcissism is the constant need of attention and praise due to low esteem and for this feeling narcissist tend to develop “superiority” through the exaggeration of own achievements and minimize others achievements and try to putting down possible rivals.
A Canadian study at York University, conducted on a Facebook users population of 18-25 years old, revealed that people who use Facebook the most have characteristics of narcissism and insecure personalities. The study revealed that it was very common to find trait of self-promotion (posting frequent picture of them-self and celebrity’s lookalikes, update frequently the status).
Some people truly believe that their friends and followers are interested in any single aspect of their life and for this reason they feel the urgency to communicate every emotion they experience. The answers they get contribute to recognize the sense of self-importance and egos.
SM have some very good benefits but, on the other hand, they make easier identify narcissists.