1. Chris Rogers

    “Technology didn’t do that to them, it just gave them an audience.” This really rings true to me not just as it relates to narcissism, but to many of the ills of society. Technology amplifies the good and the bad and gives them both a larger, more easily accessible audience. Kids don’t see this technology as inherently good or bad, it just IS for them. They are growing up in a technology-infused world, and efforts to revoke access or commend them for giving it up like you mentioned are reflective of a fixed adult mindset that does a great disservice to our young people. If we are to lead our youth in learning to use technology responsibly, we need a major mindset shift. It reminds me of my parents’ youth when their parents burned the Beatles records, and of my own when our parents made us give up our tape players because they didn’t like the sound of the “new” music. Thanks for sharing, and I’m looking forward to your ISTE session this summer.

  2. Vincent Day

    Admittedly, I was among those not in favor or “selfies” as I did think it bordered on “narcissistic.” However, I’ve changed since George visited SCH – I never use Social Media as a platform for negativity, nor do I engage folks that do. On the other hand, I use it to celebrate others achievements while choosing to appreciate what friends and colleagues share— joining the positivity.

  3. daveguymon

    George, this is a very timely and well-written post. The points you make here are the seeds for paradigm shifts. I too remember my first day of college with a roommate from China whom I had never met before. He asked if I wanted to see pictures of how he had spent his summer. Agreeing to look at them with him, I had no idea that this would become a two-hour process. Nevertheless, at no point did I think this boy was self-indulged. Having come to America for the first time, he was excited to share all the places he had been and memories he was able to make along the way. Rather than causing an envious rift between the two of us, this photo sharing experience served as a great opportunity for two strangers to connect on a human level. Now, with sharing pictures, videos, and status updates easier than ever, that we post artifacts from our lives online does not mean that we are self-indulged. Instead, it means that we want to connect and are trying to do so in the simplest manner, by sharing our lives with others. I really appreciate what you have written here, and I will certainly bookmark it to share with others now and as this discussion continues to come up.

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