A few signs that someone suffers from the Selfie Syndrome:
- Consistent “blow-by-blow” status updates. (Getting on train. -5 minutes later- Good God, train’s so late. -10 minutes later- Uggh, train crowded with smelly people. -30 minutes later- Ahh, home sweet home!)
- Pictures posted are 90% selfies, smile and pose are usually the same, often there is no actual reason to post the picture, they aren’t connected in any way to an event. Selfies far outnumber pictures that were actually taken by other folks.
- Consistent location/check in updates. As if begging to be stalked. Or showing everyone just how busy your social life is.
- Mean, snarky posts to make self look superior to others/a situation. (Hey bitch can’t you see I’m in line, get your big as* out of my face.)
- Too many postings that announce your love to the world. You and significant other, post coitus. You and significant other, feeding each other ice cream. You and significant other, at the grocery.
There really is nothing inherently wrong about posting these things about yourself and your life. But when these types of postings become consistent, repetitive and frequent, then you know the poster has the syndrome.
The worst type of selfie postings are malicious in motivation. An acquaintance announced, before posting his vacation pics: “Our pics are so cool, these will make everyone look like losers.” Wanting to make others feel inferior–really?
If you think of it, Selfie Syndrome sufferers are probably actually lonely. Sometimes, it feels like they just need someone to talk to, and probably having no one to validate them, seek it from the public at large. They depend on the kindness of “friends” and “followers.” The more likes and retweets, the better.
The antiselfie suggests one possible cure to this syndrome. Perhaps start living a life offline and actually engage people in real life. That way you’re not always seeking approval online, and feeling like you’re all by your lonesome selfie.
What kind of content do you generate on social media? Do you have the Selfie Syndrome?
More on the Selfie Syndrome here: http://www.bestcomputerscienceschools.net/selfies/