Narcissism and the Internet, a self-examination for Christian bloggers


In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection and was unable to leave the pool of water in which he saw it. This is the source of our term “narcissism” which refers to a fixation with oneself. The downfall of Narcissus was due to the vice of pride, of thinking too highly of the self. In other words self-centeredness.

It is ironic that we call the internet a ‘communication technology’. Social media can be used as an instrument of exchange with other people, but it can also be used as a medium to put oneself on display, to fluff up the ego. Facebook, blogs, youtube these are all things which can connect people and be mediums for the exchange of thoughts, ideas and feelings; for turning outward. Often enough they are mediums for subtly turning inward. Instagram, being essentially the 21st century equivalent of a reflection pool, isn’t so subtle.

There is also the problem with being always engaged with a screen rather that the real world

So with all of this in mind, I think Christians should occasionally examine their use of information/communication technology. Ask, is my use of the internet… Constructive? Useful? Helpful? Excessive? Prideful? Am I exalting my own opinions or preferences beyond their importance or proper place?

It is of course ok to blog and such out of enjoyment provided one does not neglect their duties.

God bless.

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