By Tom Z
3:11 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
Any fool could tell you that the Internet has led to an increase in narcissism. But today’s your lucky day, because I’M telling you. Which is great for you, since I’M the best and everything I say is awesome. Me me me. Additionally, the Atlantic has a new article citing scientific studies that narcissism is on the rise. But whatever. Let’s focus on me here.
A study by psychologist Dr. Nathan DeWall and his team found "a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility in popular music" since the 1980s. Shawn Bergman, an assistant professor of organizational psychology at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina notes that "narcissism levels among millennials are higher than previous generations."
Elias Aboujaoude, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford, notes that our ability tailor the Internet experience to our every need is making us more narcissistic. He observes, "This shift from e- to i- in prefixing Internet URLs and naming electronic gadgets and apps parallels the rise of the self-absorbed online Narcissus." He goes on to state that, "As we get accustomed to having even our most minor needs ... accommodated to this degree, we are growing more needy and more entitled. In other words, more narcissistic."
I actually think that social media and the Internet aren’t narcissistic enough. That’s why I invented a new smartphone app called the iStare, which allows users to socially interact with themselves at any time. It’s actually just a mirror glued to the back of a Razr flip phone. But hey, I haven’t heard any complaints.
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