It has been said — and written — many times that social media fuel narcissism.
Many studies indeed tend to prove that the number of cases of self-obsession has rocketed over the past decade, just as social media have become a part of our daily lives.
Does it automatically mean that social media amplify narcissism?
Well, this fascinating article — I, narcissist – vanity, social media, and the human condition — by Carmen Fishwick suggests things could actually work the other way around…
Yes: there is a remote possibility that human narcissism could have been a pre-requisite for social networks’ success.
Three interesting ideas flowing into this direction:
- Millenials go through a necessary narcistic phase to distantiate themselves from their parents.
- People may use social media to A/B test their personalities.
- Social media narcissim may be the symptom of deeper emotional disorders.
So, narcissism or social media: which came first?