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Selfie-obsessed teens a picture of narcissism

John Daly


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'Pardon my middle-aged angst, but it’s hard not to agree sometimes with the observation that “selfie is a first cousin of selfish”.' (stock image)

'Pardon my middle-aged angst, but it’s hard not to agree sometimes with the observation that “selfie is a first cousin of selfish”.' (stock image)

'Pardon my middle-aged angst, but it’s hard not to agree sometimes with the observation that “selfie is a first cousin of selfish”.' (stock image)

In Fota Wildlife Park recently I saw the newly arrived Northern cheetah cubs - a trio whose boisterous zest for life did much to help blot out the ravages of Storms Francis and Ellen.

Beside us a visiting Manchester family stood equally captivated, except for the teenage daughter busy posing herself into pretzel shapes for the perfect selfie. "Forget the camera, love," the father gently chided, "just enjoy these gorgeous animals right there in front of you." She ignored him, of course, continuing to contort like an Olympic gymnast for the ultimate Instagram or Snapchat feed.

Pardon my middle-aged angst, but it's hard not to agree sometimes with the observation that "selfie is a first cousin of selfish".