Culture / Media / Social Media / October 25, 2012

Is Twitter Narcissistic?

Is Twitter narcissistic? It’s just there for people to talk about themselves and share mundane details that nobody cares about, right? Based on some recent conversations I’ve had, quite a few people still believe this about Twitter and social media at large. So what it is the answer to the question “Is Twitter narcissistic?”  

Twitter, as well as other forms of social media, is simply a vehicle for information, and if the information shared is self-aggrandizing and me-focused, then yes, it is narcissistic. Just like your mouth. Talking is an information sharing avenue as well, and it is as narcissistic as the one doing it. Does that make talking bad or the orifice from which it comes? Hardly. It just means there are plenty of talkers to ignore.

People bring with them their me-me-me tendencies into anything – conversation, blog posts, book writing, and of course, social media. The more outlets they can find for it the better, but those outlets should never be blamed or slapped with a negative label because of this. Like all communications, it simply requires diligence and discernment from the recipient. So don’t blame Twitter, blame the tweeters. Then don’t follow them. 

1 Comment

Oct 25, 2012

I’ve often thought that social media allows people to construct themselves to who they want to be and how they want others to see them. On the internet, anyone can easily be whoever they want to be.
I would say that it could easily lead to an unhealthy self obsession of one’s own online image. Of course, it’s not a bad thing for everyone, but I know that for me personally, it can become such a trap. (How many people liked this post?? Does this tweet make me look interesting?? How can I seem more ‘holy’ on facebook??)

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