QuickRead presents a summary of "Selfie" by Will Storr:
An informational guide to the history of the idealized perfect self and the rise of a narcissistic generation obsessed with selfies and personal brands.
What's your idea of your perfect self? Well, our culture believes it's someone slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted, and popular. Just take a look at your Instagram feed and you'll find a large portion of successful influencers portraying themselves in this way. Even more, you can become this person yourself, the world is limitless and you are the source of your own success. However, this model can be incredibly dangerous to our self-esteem and our society as we see an increase in depression and suicide. But where did this modern ideal come from? Who invented this idea of the perfect self? Will Storr explores where this idea came from and transports us from the times of Ancient Greece to the self-esteem evangelists of the 1980s, to finally the rise of the selfie generation where he explores the increase of narcissism and individualism in today's youth and young adults.