This article seems to imply that taking (and looking at) selfies is causing self-absorption to the point of mental disorder. I would agree that our selfie/Facebook/Instagram obsessed culture certainly promotes this attitude; but rather than point to a cause, I think it begs a question. How did we get to this point? Why is being a blatant narcissist socially acceptable?
Professor Thomas Plante, of Santa Clara University, cites heavy media influence and an individualistic society as a root of our narcissism culture in Psychology Today. And perhaps more interestingly, a piece written nearly 10 years ago when the internet (and certainly, social media) was still in it’s infancy, implies that there is a lot more to our current individualistic social values than the rise of the selfie.