I was having a conversation a few days ago when I realized a common theme with today’s social media offerings. Whether we like to admit it or not, the majority tend to bring out the narcissism in people.
Yes, I know that’s odd coming from the guy who has an animated photo of himself in basketball attire on his Facebook and Blogger Effect profiles. That’s a whole different conversation. But if you stop and think about today’s society and what most people use social media for, it’s obvious that narcissism is running rampant.
That’s why Twitter and Pinterest have gained so much success (Yes, I know it’s not just for this reason, but it’s a major factor). With an abundance of social media outlets comes new ways for people to express themselves.
And, let’s be honest, people like to draw attention to all the great things that are going on in their life. It’s not a horrible thing when done tastefully, but it can get out of hand when the word “selfie” is close to having its own entry in the dictionary.
So what is the next big thing this side of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? I’m sure someone’s working on it as I type this. And I’m sure that person or group is doing their best to ensure that each user can accentuate all the best aspects of their lives, one selfie and comment at a time.
Social media had humble beginnings, but it’s taken on a life of its own, complete with users sharing so many details about their lives than even strangers can tell them everything they’ve been doing the past month. After all, if modesty and selective sharing was social media’s bread and butter, it probably wouldn’t need a newsfeed hey?