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Are selfies narcissistic?

Selfies have become a way of life. Whether you're grabbing that quick OOTD snap or you're capturing a pic of your extended family at dinner, selfies are simply the easiest way to take a photo. Others argue that selfies are a dangerous part of 21st-century culture. Selfies are nothing more than narcissistic behavior in everyday life. Still, some say selfies reflect self-love. What do you think? 

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Narcissism is defined as "inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity." It's no wonder researchers have been studying the relationship between taking excessive photos of one's self and developing narcissistic tendencies. According to one 2018 study from Swansea University: 

...excessive use of social media, in particular the posting of images and selfies, is associated with a subsequent increase in narcissism by an average of 25 percent.

Selfies may be a part of everyday culture, but they are not impervious to psychological consequences. Regularly taking pictures of yourself and posting them is sure to have some impact on your mentality. The authors of the Swansea University study specify narcissistic behaviors as those that involve beliefs relating to entitlement or exploiting others:

This [25 percent] increase took many of these participants above the clinical cut-off for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, according to the measurement scale used.
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Selfies are a part of our culture; it's no longer strange to see someone snapping a selfie on the sidewalk or in front of a landmark. Mind Body Green's Julia Guerra takes issue with selfies' association with narcissism and argues that selfies are actually a reflection of self-love:

In defense of anyone who's ever taken a selfie, there's nothing wrong with wanting to document the moments you feel and look your best. In a time when women should be fighting the societal pressure to look and behave a certain way by encouraging self-love and appreciation, what sense does it make to create a stigma around selfies, which are a form of self-love in and of themselves?

Guerra says it's time to stop shaming people for taking selfies. 

More likely than not, someone, somewhere is snapping a selfie because they feel good in the skin they're in. So let's stop judging people for loving who they are and sharing that love with the world. You should be proud of who you are, and if you feel that, there's no shame in flaunting it.
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