Thursday, March 21, 2013
AM I REALLY AN iNARCISSIST?I'm putting it to the test!
I recently read an article - ‘The Rise of the iNnarcissist’ - in April’s issue of Cosmopolitan (what? I can’t have my brain in maximum stimulation mode all the time!); they were defining the symptoms of a new type of disorder, allegedly brought on by the upsurge of social media - iNarcissism.
I chuckled my way through the article as they made reference to the typical iNarcissist: the person that instagrams what they've had to eat; the person that does a Twitter shout–out to the friends/acquaintances they've just met; the person that stages hour long photo shoots in their house or garden to capture the perfect Facebook picture, the person that uploads a superfluous amount of photos of themselves on their blog; the person that overuses the’ like’ or ‘follow’ button just to get noticed; the person that gets a powerful buzz from blog comments. Yes, I chuckled as I read what Cosmo had to say, muttering to myself: ‘ha ha yes I know people like this, how ridiculous and self-obsessed are these people?’.
However, as I continued to read, the smirk on my face slowly turned to a confused look (head tilted to one side) as I questioned whether I was indeed one of those iNarcissists that Cosmo was referring to and that I was chuckling at; on the surface it did look like I could in fact match some of the descriptions eeek!
|Cosmopolitan Magazine April 2013 - click image to enlarge|
I've never really thought about this topic too deeply until now, but it is disturbing me for some reason; I don’t want to be branded with this title, which appears to be used more as a derogatory term, although I fear it may be too late judging from my previous posts? Nonetheless, I’m going to do a bit of self-research and assess a little more closely what emotions the blog comments, Twitter follows and Facebook likes conjure up in my mind, and then make my own decision from there as to whether I truly am an iNarcissist. So, help me with my research ladies (and any gents):
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Would you class yourself as an iNarcissist, and out of interest does it really matter if we are? Rhianna doesn't seem to think so!
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