I am introducing a new series to get some 'back and forth' conversations going with my readers. I would like to know what you think. Whenever I am pondering something, I will come on here and ask:
"What Do YOU Think?"
At the Miss USA pageant this past week, Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich, was asked whether she thought that social media was spurring narcissism. Her answer was "yes"! I think that was a surprise to most people. But I don't think it is just social media. I think the kids of today are just too used to being photographed. They have been the center of attention since the day they were born. I know of parents who take "pictures of the day", "pictures of the week," and "pictures of the month" of their newborns. And for a long time parents have been photographing their kids every year, on their birthdays. I know of a family, who is very near and dear to my heart, whose kids immediately drop into pose mode the moment mom brings out the camera. They have their special smile, a special way to hold their hands and know how to hold their head. Is this narcissism?
There are so many smartphones, digital cameras, and tablets with cameras that kids can be photographed so quickly and easily and posted to all the social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, with just the click of a button. Did you know that Instagram is filled with such things as daily photo suggestions like: #MCM (Man-Candy Monday..your favorite guys), #Transformation Tuesday (side by side pictures of kids doing the same thing as a child and now as a teen), #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday..your best girlfriends) #TBT (Throwback meaning a picture from childhood)#Flashback Friday (like #TBT) #Selfie Sunday (where you take a selfie). Some of the girls take a selfie everyday of the week. Since becoming the quardian/grandmother to a teenage granddaughter I have never seen so many self-absorbed photos being taken.
Some experts are saying that by over-focusing the camera on kids makes them feel overly important. Other experts say that it is making kids become too self-critical. Tell me what you think?
Do you take pictures every single day? Do you have lots of pictures of your family? Do you think we over-share on social media sites?