It seems that we – the generation of digital media – have become narcissistic well beyond our own awareness. We're driven by likes, shares, followers, and clicks; we get our sense of gratification by refreshing our social media pages and seeing how many people have found us worthy of their digital acknowledgment. Aside from the fact that this is going to result in a boom for the therapy industry in the near future, it’s problematic because we're often compelled to capture the world around us not solely because we find beauty in it, but primarily – though perhaps not consciously – for the purpose of being the ones who captured and shared the beautiful moment, bringing the attention (and the affirmation in numbers) back to us.
We don't post and think, "I hope this brings attention to the beauty of Aswan and makes people visit it." If we're honest, we think: "I hope people see how beautiful Aswan can be through my eyes because it took me forever to learn how to take such a kickass #NoFilter photo; I hope putting a thing or two about this Nubian man in the caption of my selfie with him will give a human element to the post since people have been obsessing with Nubians lately; I didn’t get the best shot, but hopefully this long and sentimental – albeit superfluous and actually meaningless – caption will make up for it.” Sometimes we even go so far as “Since I just bought this little purse designed by these refugee children whose names I’m not going to bother finding out, I should probably take a selfie with them and the purse… Oh, note to self: don’t forget to use # ethnic # authentic # supporttherefugees # artisan.” Read the rest through the link in my bio 👆🏽 because I'm a guilty digital media narcissist🙋🏻. .