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Happy #WomanCrushWednesday !

It seems like there is a different hashtag floating around social media for every day of the week… and that’s because there is. There’s #ManCandyMonday

#TransformationTuesday

#WomanCrushWednesday

#ThrowbackThursday

#FlashbackFriday

and #SelfieSaturday or #SelfieSunday

There are different variations of these, but these are the ones I see popping up in my news feed most often. You can check out Statigram to browse all the different Instagram photos with one of those tags and find statistics about your own Instagram account’s growth history… if you really care that much.

Oxford Dictionary dubs “selfie” Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionary dubs “selfie” Word of the Year

Selfies are the physical manifestation of the pandemic of narcissism that social media has created. You can’t peruse any Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or even Pinterest feed nowadays without coming across at least a couple of selfies. Hell, I’ve even posted a selfie or two.

There is no way to reason that posting a selfie is anything but narcissistic. You wouldn’t post a photo of yourself online for anyone to see if you didn’t think your hair was totally on point that day, or that your eyes look amazing.

The unfortunate thing about social media is that it creates this illusion that our every thought is of the utmost importance. Looking through my own Twitter feed, right now I see tweets about Anna’s crazy dream last night, Beth is so excited that there are smoothie samples on campus, and Ashley can’t wait for a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving. None of these thoughts are groundbreaking, earth-shattering epiphanies. So why do we make them public?

Same reason why we take photos of ourselves in the bathroom mirror.