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Instagram is about empowerment for young women? What rubbish

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For me, the breaking point came years ago when, after an excruciating week vainly hoping she would be found alive, I heard that Jill Meagher’s body had been discovered.

Instagram has a detrimental effect on mental health and fosters narcissism.

Sick with grief and disbelief, I went on social media to have the news refuted but, instead, it was confirmed and I sat paralysed as reports flooded my feed.

Then, among the horror, a post appeared so grossly incongruent with those preceding and following it couldn’t be ignored. There was a social media “influencer” I slightly knew pouting in a skimpy bikini with the caption, “I finally found the perfect swim suit – best day ever!”

Now, I am a pacifist but at that moment I could have punched that woman. And I would have considered it a community service of sorts, for the betterment of all. Because amid the tragedy, her vanity was no longer ignorable or tolerable. It was obscene.

This was more than a matter of the poseur not reading a room in terms of what was happening in the bigger world, i.e. the one that did not revolve around her. It was a salient reminder of the rampant narcissism so commonplace today in social media that, to my constant amazement, I often feel I am the only person who is noticing it.

Yes, I realise posing in your knickers is today regarded as a veritable rite of passage for young girls, but let’s take a look at just how soulless and insidious it has become and focus on........

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