“He’s such a narcissist” – a phrase you’ve most probably heard someone you know say. It is interesting to me how the narcissistic personality has come to symbolise what’s wrong with the modern world. The term has been thrown about a lot more since social media has taken over and it was possibly at its zenith just after Trump was elected. Hot on the lips of so many, but do we really know what it means and how it’s a problem?Read More
Ever just go up to perfect strangers and tell them they’re beautiful? No? Challenge Accepted!
There is a lot in the media these days about how Facebook and twitter have changed our (social) lives forever. Unfortunately, most of the articles I see are based on their negative impact. It is relatively easy to identify the ways in which social media cheapens and perverts human relationships. Describing one’s character and opinions in under 140 characters certainly does much to objectify and commodify human experience. The level of deception and misrepresentation on these platforms is also astronomically high and most status updates and comment threads lack substance. Finding something genuine can feel like an elusive quest as one’s eyes dart around over sexual innuendo, bad jokes and political apathy disguised in social commentary rants.
Despite all these ways to critique social media, I have taken it upon myself to find some redeeming facet of Facebook/twitter culture to use as a constructive catalyst for change. Surely there must be something that Facebook teaches us about human nature that we can use to manifest great ideals, practices and relationships? Well, I searched long and hard and this is what I came up with.Read More