Are selfies bad for us?

Of course, it’s absurd to suggest a selfie was in any way an incentive or motive for the murder, just as it’s absurd to suggest that social media causes criminal behavior. People have been killing each other since the days of stone tablets.

But is social media, which allows for limitless self-absorption, exacerbating hatred and violence when mixed with seeming anonymity? Or is social media simply allowing us to be more open about what we do—and in some cases, allow crimes to be easily discovered and reported? In other words, does a “selfie culture” show us as we’ve always been or is it turning us into something worse?

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