To be honest, I am a bit tired of the older generation's condescending tone towards my generation. Because they owned pet rocks, I really don't think they have any room to judge anyone for anything. I mean seriously? Pet rocks? At least social media can benefit society (when used appropriately, of course). :p
Anyways, my first thought after being asked this question was how interesting it is that the older generation see's my generation as confident/narcissistic because we enjoy taking photos of ourselves and talking about our lives. From my own perspective, I notice my generation faces a lack of confidence in ourselves in almost every area of our lives. Our bodies, grades, financial stability, etc aren't good enough. While I consider my self-confidence to be good - I'm fit, I just paid off my credit card debt, I can hold a decent conversation, and my grades, well, they're just a number - I notice there is a trend of negative self-talk among members of my generation. Coincidentally, I fear my peers view me as narcissistic because I am confident.
Here's my selfie - #nomakeup #nofilter
A few days after the pageant, I received Glamour's March issue in my mailbox. The issue had an article on page 108 titled "The Big Selfie Debate." How timely. The author, Roxanne Gay pretty much sums up my exact thoughts on this debate when she says...
"I think it's too easy - and rather hypocritical - to dismiss selfies as an exercise in narcissism. For one thing, a woman takes a selfie and she is vain, but not so with a man? Vincent van Gogh painted more than 30 self-portraits...I don't see anyone saying [he was] bringing down society in the process."
As I said with the early self-hatred amongst my generation, selfies allow us to say to the world "I am here too and I am beautiful." If that's considered narcissistic, then no wonder my generation has low self-confidence.
Today I am introducing you to one of my all-time favorite bloggers - Caroline from The Caro Diaries! She has an adorable blog and she's also a fellow sorority girl! I'm pretttty sure if Caroline and I ever met, we would definitely be like, best friends for life, who else would I share my Netflix show addiction with?! She's also hilarious and SO relatable! Her "Things I Just Can't Seem to Get" makes me scream "me, too!" at my laptop! I'm glad someone else has problems getting the perfect eye make up on both eyes! Make sure to go visit and say "hello!" to Caroline!