(Disclaimer: This post is a few random thoughts I’ve had lately. There’s no real conclusion, though I wouldn’t call it a rant, either. At any rate, I’m interested in your thoughts.)
It’s natural to look for a common denominator when “friending” folks. Be it real estate, sports, politics, marketing or any other interest or passion. When we do that, are we falling to a narcissistic trap?
The *ME* in Social Media
I love the channels and opportunities social media have created for self-expression and voyeurism. It’s fun to take a peek into other’s lives. And, it’s interesting to watch the emergence of “Internet Stars”. But, are they/we taking our own PR too seriously? Are egos inflating to a degree where it’s just plain icky?
It’s All About Me
Speaking of Social Media Narcissists … They participate heavily in conversations, but if you really follow the stream they chatter mostly about themselves. And, they have created huge followings without meaningful contributions. (But to be fair, *meaningful* is subjective.)
Their blogs and tweets are almost exclusively about themselves, their thoughts, their pictures. But, I think many of us could be categorized that way. How would you define a Social Media Narcissist??
Same Bubble, Only Larger
If we continue interaction only with like-thinkers, will that enclose us in a bubble? And could that cause a false reality?
Think about it …
When we surround ourselves with like-thinkers, the isolation limits the perspective. When the same thoughts and ideas are regurgitated, and most everyone agrees with everyone else the lack of differing perspective seems to create a false reality.
Is Being Open-Minded Enough?
If there is nobody to share differing perspectives, what good is having an open mind? Without that stimulation, we place ourselves in an echo chamber forever listening to the same topics over and over again. Seems that can lead to boredom and burnout. Could that isolation cause people to engage less frequently?