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22-02-2012, 10:38 PM
RE: photographed children
(22-02-2012 10:15 PM)mysticjbyrd Wrote:  Never thought about that, but it certainly could have an impact on the huge uprising in the undeserved ego of this upcoming generation. I can't remember the statistic perfectly offhand, but contrast to the past an outrageous % of Americas youth believe they are a very important person, like 80% or something ridiculous.


Edit: I found it.

"In the 1950s, 12 percent of high school seniors said they were a “very important person.” By the ’90s, 80 percent said they believed that they were. "

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/opinion/11brooks.html

I've only been around for a quarter century, but I firmly believe that people today are no different than people in prior generations. Based on that belief, I conjecture that the stunning narcissism of modern people has less to do with a growth in the number of narcissists and more to do with a decreased social stigma about expressing one's own narcissism (plus increased access to means of communicating one's own narcissism easily and rapidly).

Case in point this post.
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23-02-2012, 08:41 PM
RE: photographed children
(22-02-2012 10:38 PM)rook2004 Wrote:  
(22-02-2012 10:15 PM)mysticjbyrd Wrote:  Never thought about that, but it certainly could have an impact on the huge uprising in the undeserved ego of this upcoming generation. I can't remember the statistic perfectly offhand, but contrast to the past an outrageous % of Americas youth believe they are a very important person, like 80% or something ridiculous.


Edit: I found it.

"In the 1950s, 12 percent of high school seniors said they were a “very important person.” By the ’90s, 80 percent said they believed that they were. "

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/opinion/11brooks.html

I've only been around for a quarter century, but I firmly believe that people today are no different than people in prior generations. Based on that belief, I conjecture that the stunning narcissism of modern people has less to do with a growth in the number of narcissists and more to do with a decreased social stigma about expressing one's own narcissism (plus increased access to means of communicating one's own narcissism easily and rapidly).

Case in point this post.

Wait, are you calling me a narcissist? First time for everything I guess. If only social norms didn't drastically affect the population of the people raised in that society....ohh wait.
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23-02-2012, 09:49 PM
RE: photographed children
(23-02-2012 08:41 PM)mysticjbyrd Wrote:  
(22-02-2012 10:38 PM)rook2004 Wrote:  Case in point this post.

Wait, are you calling me a narcissist? First time for everything I guess. If only social norms didn't drastically affect the population of the people raised in that society....ohh wait.

Oh, no, sorry, I was referring to my own post. I like hearing the sound of my own voice.

Also, sometimes I think I might have something relevant to add.
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23-02-2012, 10:51 PM
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Hm, very interesting thoughts. I wish to remember the stuff we DO, so when I photograph my kids I try to do it while they're drawing, playing, at the computer, reading, making food, being visibly in the places we were etc. Not posing-kind of pictures. The race for beauty is hideous and starts painfully early, as often seen in my FB feed. Some young girls I know posing like scarsely clothed pornstars already at 12, and the adults click "like" and all say how beautiful she is. It's always girls, by the way. Never seen a 12-15 year old boy pose like that.

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23-02-2012, 11:46 PM
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Most of the recent photos of me where taken from a box on the side of the road…
Not fond of having my photo taken, and the fee for a copy seams quite high too. Angry

Best pic of me, I was about 4-5 and ripping about on a mini bike…
I still rip about on bikes, the rot set in early I spose…

But I see where you’re coming from, all the displayed photos of peoples kids you see are staged, or look it anyway…
What ever happened to scruffy kids with ripped open knees and a missing tooth in some blurred snap?

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. Friedrich Nietzsche
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24-02-2012, 01:02 AM (This post was last modified: 24-02-2012 01:05 AM by Lilith Pride.)
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All my photos look like a girl which is pretty perplexing for the fact I was raised as a boy =p When I look back at the past I understand why I was picked on so heavily and why my easiest high school moments were as a girl. I had very few photos, but have always been interested in having my picture taken. Though I have other reasons for being starved for attention >.>

There are constant trends, and I think the little social norm changes aren't that big of a deal. In fact most every generation change has happened before and will happen again. We just don't realise it because it was well before we were alive that people last acted like us. I think photos are improving children's interest and continued pursuit of knowledge more than hindering it, because it makes them feel more in the adventure. Taking photos of your kids exploring can be a lot of fun, especially when discussing and remembering it together.

Fashion has always been repulsive, and there have always been people who dress up their little kids like that we just televise it now.

I truly think that the imagination deficincies within children that seem so prevalent now are actually due to how much information we cram into their heads. I was given imagination as my main thing from my mom. I advanced on everything well because until school happened I was very interested in everything. But she made me most want to think about things that I may never experience and how they would be. I was not an avid reader.

I'm not a non believer, I believe in the possibility of anything. I just don't let the actuality of something be determined by a 3rd party.
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