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The never-ending stream of social-media images is routinely declared a symptom of our collective narcissism or intellectual weakness. Again, perhaps we can take a cue from teenage girls. They’re quite aware that they’re seen as frivolous and self-absorbed, but on a deeper level they know they’re engaged in an important project: figuring out who they are and what they want to be. If we took our Instagrams and Snapchats and reblogs half as seriously as they do, perhaps we’d reach some new insight about our adult selves, too.

Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves  (via courtenaybird)

Posting across social networks is one way to figure out what you like and what others like.  Just the right content lies in between; either way, make stuff and see what resonates. 


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Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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