A new trend has spread like wild fire the need to document every moment using pictures. This trend has evolved more recently with the ongoing app updates and new programs on social media platforms that took this fad to another level of exaggeration. Women today take photos on anything their eyes fall upon, and of course as we know there is no smoke without fire and for every phenomenon there is underlying reasons, so what is the reason behind this new craze?
In our series of “weekly poll” that was initiated recently through Arab Woman Platform social networks our second poll question was put forward,
In your opinion why do you think many women resort to documenting their daily events on social media?
- Having too much free time
- Imitating others
- Love of appearances and bragging
- I see this as ordinary
From a scientific point of view; a study conducted by the American Psychiatric Association that this trend is widely spread among younger generations indicating the incidence of mental disorder, the study diagnosed one selfie fanatic via Facebook whom lost control over himself for his desire to portray his pictures around the clock on social networks, he was diagnosed with a kind of pathological narcissism.
Another British study that was conducted on 200 men and women between the ages of age (18) to (30) years on the study of the relationship of capturing images and how it reflected their self-worth, it revealed that those who took pictures once or twice a week and shared it on social media said they feel very low degrees of self-esteem.
Another study expressed that those documenting their moments by capturing selfies could fall under narcissism, which pushes the person’s ego and arrogance; because this often leads the person to focus on himself and appearance forgetting achievements that can be attained or other ways that can occupy time in a meaningful and productive way.
But in my opinion the main reason behind such a phenomenon is the ample free time among women in the Arab world, using this trend in a negative way, or at least not a productive way to fill free time.
And this void is due to lack of awareness of their full capabilities and potential. If women were to set specific goals for their lives and work hard to achieve even a small portion of them then they won’t feel the need to turn to such trends that are not fulfilling.
I raised a question to a number of women from different age groups: “What hobbies do you enjoy?” The shocking answer was: “I do not know!” There are a lot of women in our world that do not realize the importance of knowing their strengths or hobbies or latent capabilities that can distinguish them from others and broaden their horizons and make them successful if they became positively proactive and self-develop.
Before concluding; I would like to advice Arab women that there is much in this life that deserves attention and fill leisure time with. In every country there are cultural evenings in diverse arts and literature events, competent in multiple areas, associations, and training programs and courses that are not limitless, and much more, but all you need is to identify your goals, and steer your life according to what you want, and move towards development and achievement.
- Having too much free time 27%
- Imitating others 13%
- Love of appearances and bragging 33%
- I see this as ordinary 27%
Names of research source:
Science Links Selfies to Narcissism, Addiction & Low Self Esteem
Are Selfies Making Kids Vapid, Narcissistic and Lazy
Weekly Poll researched by Eshraq AlRawqi
Translation: Mira Khatib