Narcissism is a term that originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Currently it is used to describe the pursuit of gratification from vanity, or egotistic admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes, that derive from arrogant pride - Wikipedia
This morning I received a notice announcing a "disturbing" new product. It was a beautifully designed, very attractive little item that might be great for your next trip. It doesn't appear to take up much space and probably doesn't even need to be placed in your luggage. If left operational it probably wouldn't even add any additional weight to your luggage although I'm thinking that perhaps the fine folks of TSA might ask you to shut it down at the checkpoint.
I am referring to the exciting new "SelfieBot" unveiled this morning as a perfect addition to your social networking collection. Imagine being able to capture all those wonderful moments in your life that your admiring "followers" are eagerly waiting to view. With the SelfieBot you would be able to show any and every waking moment. I imagine you could program it to follow you around all day and catch those candid moments that make you so endearing to your loyal followers. Better yet, you could relive all the great accomplishments of the day every evening before you retire. Who needs PBS or Animal Planet or the National Geographic channel when you have countless "Me" photos?
With the SelfieBot you'll be able to show your friends how you stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon, how you rode an elevator to the top of the Empire State building, how you bought a phony Rolex in Kuala Lumpur . . . countless adventures that will now live forever in your memory and will make your followers love you even more.
I haven't had a chance to peruse all the details but I'm guessing you might even be able to program this little bot to feed your photos directly to your followers. Wouldn't it be great for them to be able to tune in anytime to catch your adventures in "real time?" They could follow your exciting life all day and you could relive it every night. Wow!
Since 2000, on psychological tests designed to detect narcissism, the scores of residents of the United States have continually increased. Psychologists have suggested a link to social networking - Wikipedia
So, what could be "disturbing" about such a wonderful product? True, the merits of recording all the unforgettable details of one's personal life are overwhelming, but there may be a few people out there who might use the SelfieBot for more unfriendly activity. Would you want to look out your bedroom window and see a SelfieBot peering in at you? Would this be a perfect tool for a stalker? What if your employer decided to assign SelfieBots to each worker when hired?
What would Mr. Orwell say about all this?
My response to the SelfieBot? Remember, this is April 1 and . . . Keep on traveling!