Watch Me: The Self-Centered influence of Social Media

By

Watch Me: The Self-Centered influence of Social Media
One expert explains what sharing too much on social media reveals about your personality.

Every parent who has a three-year-old knows the phrase, "Watch me." Toddlers want to be watched when they jump, go down the slide, act silly with their toys, or anything they are involved with. They need their parents to watch and enjoy their feat. This behavior is normal, and a fun part of having a toddler.

It isn't as much fun when that toddler is 17, 18 or 19, and well into adulthood. In fact, the young adult doesn't really care if mom or dad is watching them, but they do care if everyone else is. They want the hundreds of viewers to watch them on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, chat rooms, and anywhere virtual strangers can tune in to watch. It doesn't matter if they don't know you, they want to entertain you, and get "likes" so they know they are on track with pleasing you. Some of them do drastic, dangerous stunts to get more viewers, and some of them cannot sleep at night if they didn't get the attention and approval they thought they should or would.

What is this new phenomenon? It's the inner world of kids and adults who are becoming so self-focused that they are expanding the diagnosis of narcissism. It is a self-love, a need for attention to keep the fragile inner ego convinced it is liked. A new study from the University of Michigan questioned if Facebook could help diagnose narcissistic personality disorder, and found that young adult college students who posted more often on Facebook and Twitter scored higher in specific measures of different types of narcissism, including personality traits such as being exhibitionists, exploitive, and feeling superior. This may cause them to over-evaluate the importance of their opinion. Keep reading...

More parenting advice from YourTango: 

Article contributed by

Mary Jo Rapini

Counselor/Therapist

For more information go to: www.maryjorapini.com
Talk to me on my fan page: http://www.facebook.com/maryjorapini
Tweet me: @MaryJoRapini
Read my Love and Relationships Blog on Chron.com
Ask me questions on Fox26 in Houston, TX and watch every Thursday Morning at 9am for “Mind, Body, Soul with Mary Jo” and Friday Morning's at 8am for “Healthy Happy Hour with Mary Jo”

Location: Houston, TX
Credentials: LPC
Other Articles/News by Mary Jo Rapini:

A Soul Mate Isn't A Soul Mate Without These 4 Attributes

By

Time Magazine recently reported on a concept many of us have, "That good marriages and relationships are based on finding our soul mate or our perfect one." This expectation is shaped by society's focus on physical attraction and messages from our friends, family and our favorite television shows, none of which are actually true as far as having a ... Read more

6 Ways To Keep Your Marriage Hot When You Have Little Kids

By

Today's young families have pressures that families of long ago may not have had. Parents both work with the pressure of taking kids to school, lack of sleep, alternating who takes off sick time when their child gets sick and trying to excel in their own careers. Stress over time begins deteriorating marriage happiness, which is a leading cause of divorce ... Read more

Sleeping In The Nude: Does What You Wear To Bed Affect Intimacy?

By

A recent survey published by Cotton USA reveals that 57 percent of married couples who sleep nude report being happy with their partner. Roughly half of all couples do sleep nude and approximately half of those are over the age of 55. Is it the nudity itself helping couples feel happier with their partner or is the nudity symbolic for something deeper that ... Read more

See More

PARTNER POSTS
Latest Expert Videos
Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

Most Popular