The power of selfies: Empty, vapid, narcissistic? Think again

Katrin Tiidenberg’s studies of selfie culture challenge the narrative of narcissistic youth

Rory McIlroy takes a selfie with the cast of Riverdance in 2015. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy takes a selfie with the cast of Riverdance in 2015. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

We take more than a million selfies every day, and it’s expected that the average millennial will take more than 25,000 selfies in a lifetime. Little wonder they’ve become the stuff of heated debate.

You might think of selfies as the sole currency of the Kardashian family, or a symptom of a society blighted with narcissism. Selfie culture has been blamed for many things: the rise of anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges, not to mention a seemingly growing preoccupation with the physical and corporeal.

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