As I mentioned in my earlier post, there are many changes happening in the world that I am just not able to fully grasp. Continuing on the trend of talking about photos, I wanted to share some thoughts and see whether my friends can share their experiences to help me learn more on this topic.
In today’s maddening photo culture, life seems to revolve around the camera. If you wear something nice, eat something good, go to a beautiful place, meet friends, celebrate an occasion or simply go to work, the first instinct is often to take a picture.
It commonly seems that if you go somewhere or do something without taking a picture, you have not been there or have not done it.
This and the innumerable selfies that people take worries me that this is a sign that society is moving towards more self-centredness.
I wonder — what are the unintended consequences of this phenomenon?
We have taken many technologies for granted without fully understanding their broader social impacts. In this case too, I fear that the easy access to taking countless photos, and the way this is promoted in the media and popular culture, is leading to society falling prey to the natural human tendency of narcissism, in some cases perhaps even bordering on a diagnosis of NPD (Narcissist Personality Disorder).
What do you think?
Do you think our photo culture enables/promotes narcissism?
Is this a problem? If so, how can we solve it?