Online narcissism is like a drug addiction. As the narcissism epidemic spreads, all of us will deal with the personality defects of the self-centered and their incessant drive for attention and fame.

It is important to remain teachable so life doesn’t pass you by.

Social media influencers might be wise to visit their local grocery store and see if anyone recognizes who they are. It’s the true test of fame.

Never before has the individual identity been so empowered, nor has personal empowerment relied on others to this degree. Identity in the hyper-connected digital era exists in a paradox. As we sacrifice privacy and more of our personal lives come online, the singular concept of a man or woman in control of their own manifest destiny falls. While we share […]

Image by alshepmcr It’s a strange world we live in online. Delusions of grandeur call, singing like that sweet Siren in the midst of the sea. To win, we must appear like we are Doing Important Things, but in the end we find our lives dashed on the rocks. I’m speaking about the competitive rat race to see who can […]

Yeah. I admit it. I know I’m not the only one, too. My mood rides on my social share count. It always has. While I tried to be cool and say this didn’t matter, after a period of unpopularity, I totally know that’s bullshit. I enjoy it when posts get read, liked and shared by you. I feel like a […]

Image by wwwarby Now we know it’s true. The Kellogg School of Management has issued a study (hat tip: Rich Becker) that shows the more social connections one has, the more likely they are to treat others as less than. We see that big britches are a common by-product of doing well online. So all of the big bloggers who […]

Ever find yourself or one of your blogging friends suffering from a case of big blogger ego? Let’s be honest, this happens much more than anyone would like to admit. When you spend all day online with thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of followers, it can become easy to take everything too seriously. A false sense […]

Image by Jeffrey W Much has been said good and bad about using the first person singular — me, myself and I — in social media and other forms of writing. It’s a voice of free expression or the epitome of narcissism. So what should an aspiring writer do? The first person voice provides a narrative view or discussion with […]

Image by Richard Cocks Have you ever reviewed a piece of your work and shuddered afterwards? Do you get mad when one person criticizes something you invested a great deal of time on, even though dozens of others laud the effort? Typos, incomplete theory, lack of experience, poor timing, fear of public speaking, a bad decision; just some of the […]

Danah Boyd wrote a fantastic post last week about Internet fame and its negative impact on individuals. It is easy to buy into the rock star kool aid when people frequently sing your accolades (and fallacies) online and at events, especially when popularity is valued by society as an achievement. But accepting a pedestal as an individual, and viewing a […]