by Genius Moyo
It is no longer news that technology has penetrated the social spheres, undermining social relations, but have we stopped to asses how it is developing narcissistic personalities amongst individuals?
Morden communications have drastically altered the ordinary terms of experience and consciousness, the ordinary structures of interest and feeling, the normal sense of being alive, that of having a social relation– James Carey.
With the same embrace of technology, we are becoming more techno-centric beings embedded into the scientific world where people are slowly losing the mastery control over their lives. The advancement of technology has brought the world so much closer together; people are now much more vulnerable to scams, cons, identity theft and sexual violence. People, especially in the Western world, have their privacies tempered with by their home governments.
Techno-literacy is what is required now, but it is expanding at a cost. Physical conversations are no longer the motor for social interaction, but rather finding an individual staring at his smartphone, laptop, or tablet without paying an attention to the surrounding social world. Can this be some kind of escapism? Maybe yes, maybe no. We are gradually becoming embedded in this new virtual world with a growing affinity and of course, with a disparaging affect in our social circles; among families and friends, a reality we seemingly have to accept despite all the scepticism.
Technology has become more of a cultural artefact, turning individuals into cultural aesthetics. It’s now the number of likes and views that validate beauty. This has encouraged narcissistic behaviour. A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. You may be generally unhappy and disappointed when you’re not given the special favours or admiration you believe you deserve. Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.