Narcissism is defined as an excessive interest in one’s physical appearance; inordinate fascination with oneself; vanity. A selfie is defined as a photo taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone, and shared on social media like Facebook, although I prefer the Urban Dictionary definition:
- An act usually carried out by girls aged 12-21, the act involves taking photos of oneself while posing. If the act is carried out by a man, he is usually seen as being gay.
Some might argue that there is a connection between narcissism and selfies, and this possible connection was inadvertently confirmed by one of my Facebook friends this morning while she was on a charter bus to Houston to watch the Texans’ football game. She posted a photo of herself with two friends on the bus, and this prompted the following exchange:
- My friend’s aunt: Selfie # 4 Rachel X. why sooo many selfies? [Thumbs-down icon.]
- My friend: Plz Cuz they tell me I look pretty. Why Not Auntie. ..
My friend is not 12-21, but she is pretty. And that’s all I have to say about that.