Young Women, Narcissism and the Selfie Phenomenon | Mary McGill | TEDxGalway

  • Published: 18 February 2016
  • Young women’s love of the selfie is often ridiculed in mainstream media as narcissistic and shallow. Speaking at TEDx Galway, researcher and journalist Mary McGill challenges us to reconsider these preconceived judgements, showing that when it comes to young women’s engagement with the selfie there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.
    Mary McGill is a Hardiman Scholar at NUI Galway. Her PhD research explores young women’s relationship to the selfie phenomenon. She lectures in feminist and gender theory at the Centre for Global Women’s Studies.
    Outside of academia, Mary is a freelance journalist with a focus on social justice, gender issues, and the arts. She is also an award-winning broadcaster and writer, regularly contributing to a wide range of Irish media including RTÉ Radio One’s Arena, Irish Tatler and TV3’s Midday.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 896

  • Red Berry
    Red Berry  13 дней назад

    Not like me to make a comment like this but that is 17 minutes I cannot get back.

    • Huggy Drabits
      Huggy Drabits  15 дней назад

      I zoned out.

      • BelleDeJour224
        BelleDeJour224  19 дней назад

        So if you don’t like it don’t get on social media. PROBLEM solved

        • Adam Sendek
          Adam Sendek  22 дня назад


          • Zorida Casting
            Zorida Casting  24 дня назад

            Is this an actual concern for anybody? Who cares about a bunch of teens, and young women (and men) taking selfies? Next! Bigger issues to ponder.

            • Jasper Rafols
              Jasper Rafols  26 дней назад

              “Gender is a phenomenon, not a fact”. Well this long-haired man on stage must be out of his mind, I must say.

              • Mark K
                Mark K  28 дней назад

                Oh the poor woman. Shut up.

                • Conrad Angel
                  Conrad Angel  Месяц назад

                  Its neither a gender nor a generational issue. We have over the last 40 years almost totally abandoned good spiritual values and replaced them with a shallow delusion of materialism

                  • rob kavanagh
                    rob kavanagh  Месяц назад

                    Wow I thought brillant a Ted talk from my home town and then I listened to this drivel well presented {did she just copy other presentations or get media training?} but no real content opinions supported by a particular world view in a way similar to justifing the crusades.... start with a premise that is indisputable or Canon {replace the word of god; bible with feminism and infidels with patriarchy and men}....

                    • rob kavanagh
                      rob kavanagh  Месяц назад

                      Ha ha she even uses the word Canon I suppose I should have listened till the end before commenting😂😂😂

                      • toxic_todd
                        toxic_todd  Месяц назад

                        Women are considered deep - why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow. Friedrich Nietzsche

                        • Sara-Beth Anderson
                          Sara-Beth Anderson  Месяц назад

                          Legit, this woman rambles to the affect of a slightly more well spoke Jordan Peterson. Hard to follow and not because it's deep. Normal person playing intellectual and lacking a central point.. I call fake deep.

                          • Phil A
                            Phil A  Месяц назад

                            This comment is underrated.She was indeed rambling pointlessly. In the end, it came down to women being victims of the patriarchy, like always (or something like that).

                            • chiko98
                              chiko98  Месяц назад

                              They still somehow found a way to blame men... Smh

                              • toxic_todd
                                toxic_todd  Месяц назад

                                Like clockwork.its always the patriarchy and societal pressure.

                                • Gabriel
                                  Gabriel  Месяц назад

                                  Modern women are morons. Wise men go Mgtow.

                                  • Lucas Turner
                                    Lucas Turner  Месяц назад

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                                    • Fredo Cuomo
                                      Fredo Cuomo  Месяц назад

                                      Modern Day Society is Beyond Screwed.

                                      • Alex Ander
                                        Alex Ander  Месяц назад

                                        i am out of here because of the neoFeminism in the video. educate the girls or all 30 genders on values not "equality". i am not making anyone an influencer because she is wearing a bikini with silicon boobs. i never encourage them to spend 100eur monthly on makeup and to wear fancy brands..... fix the world. dont deny that selfies are an epidepic harmful and have repercusion

                                        • D Greenwood
                                          D Greenwood  Месяц назад

                                          Gender is not a social construct, look to Sweeden and Norway. Countries that have actively removed these social factors when raising children. Boys not allowed to play with guns, then play with Barbie and turn her into a warrior and her hair brush into a gun. Look at the amount of men and women in STEM in these countries when given free choice and no judgement more women chose away from STEM and more men choose STEM more than other countries. Why, men are interested in things and women interested in people (on average). Her research and perspective is disported. If she had her own kids 1 male and 1 female she would see her bias.

                                          • Railway Board
                                            Railway Board  Месяц назад

                                            Puke to the power puke.

                                            • alex vasquez
                                              alex vasquez  Месяц назад

                                              I didn't choose the MGTOW Life, the MGTOW Life chose Me.

                                              • Dante Piet
                                                Dante Piet  Месяц назад

                                                Sure.. Sure sure no doubt.

                                                • BPwhistleblower
                                                  BPwhistleblower  Месяц назад

                                                  Cheap pants and fupa ... next vid

                                                  • Mila_Diaz
                                                    Mila_Diaz  Месяц назад

                                                    Women are insecure these days so they use selfies for love and attention.

                                                    • Maelich Arn
                                                      Maelich Arn  Месяц назад

                                                      There's a closing down sale at your local nightclub, inside the clubgoers practice the latest dance craze...the Selfie!

                                                      • Ask Wink
                                                        Ask Wink  2 месяца назад

                                                        Women enjoy their youth an beauty because it gets men’s attention, and allows them to assert their role in the female dominance hierarchy. The same thing women have been doing for a myriad of generations, but social media makes it easier. The strange phenomenon is how much men are using similar approaches.

                                                        • Julia Pupo Gomes
                                                          Julia Pupo Gomes  2 месяца назад

                                                          I feel like most people in the coments didn't even seen the video, or maybe is just sexism, this makes me angry

                                                          • MegzeeR
                                                            MegzeeR  2 месяца назад

                                                            zzzzzzz.......wake me up when she say's something not cliche please

                                                            • Aundi Wright
                                                              Aundi Wright  2 месяца назад

                                                              This lecture was bad for 1 simple reason which is Narcissism is a psychiatric disorder that does not discriminate between genders, and Modern Feminism is a women's movement advocating for women's rights and equality. Narcissism, is a psychiatric disorder where the affected individual lacks a coherent sense of self. Narcissism affects both introverts and extroverts equally. In order to compensate during inevitable periods of loneliness and lack of attention during early childhood you develop what is called a self-image. It is an adaptation and coping mechanism created to comfort you during these "alone" periods and make you feel validated from within. This coping mechanism is completely absent in narcissistic individuals. Selfies, while some girls may be genuinely narcissistic, this does not mean all of them are. Vanity, would be a better word to describe someone who is obsessed over their appearance. None of these topics are complicated. They are simply blended together to form an argument that is incoherent.

                                                              • music made me
                                                                music made me  2 месяца назад

                                                                From all the girls that I’ve seen they do it only for likes and followers on Instagram nothing more than that

                                                                • ROYCE BISHOP
                                                                  ROYCE BISHOP  2 месяца назад

                                                                  I thought this video would speak of living in the moment free from selfies or how the girls at the baseball game should interact with each other instead of taking selfies or how excessive selfies are not healthy for anyone. It is really in defense of girls who love to take selfies.

                                                                  • jimareas
                                                                    jimareas  2 месяца назад

                                                                    She has a PHD ?? She just talking from one photo that as she said she went viral and trying to justify why these young girls taking selfies ? Are you kidding me ? Selfies is not a woman thing is men and women. Both sexes became more narcissists from what they are with that selfie fashion that started when front cameras been on phones.

                                                                    • Alice Clementine
                                                                      Alice Clementine  2 месяца назад

                                                                      The title for this got me so excited, and I am by no means a professional in cultural studies, but I found myself disagreeing with this video. I actually think popular culture would have us believe narcissism and men are more aligned. If anything, I would say perhaps women exhibit covert narcissism and men more grandiose. The problem is, almost anything a woman does can be made out to be trivialised.

                                                                      • Cairo McIntosh
                                                                        Cairo McIntosh  Месяц назад

                                                                        Valid point, well said

                                                                        • VapeKing
                                                                          VapeKing  2 месяца назад

                                                                          No need for women to post pics of thier booty and tatas! They are just seeking validation and getting it from online beta males. This in turn makes them no longer need a man as they can get validation online. I would call this narracistic yes very much so.

                                                                          • young bumpy
                                                                            young bumpy  3 месяца назад

                                                                            Women should wear a mask when they go outside. Muslims got that one right.

                                                                            • Chrissie Bunnie
                                                                              Chrissie Bunnie  3 месяца назад

                                                                              I'm so glad I bothered to look at the comments,it's pretty unanimous that this talk is horse sh*t 🤣

                                                                              • Keith
                                                                                Keith  3 месяца назад


                                                                                • Bob Anderson
                                                                                  Bob Anderson  3 месяца назад

                                                                                  Modern women are shallow and lost.

                                                                                  • craig hudson
                                                                                    craig hudson  3 месяца назад

                                                                                    all selfie addicts are losers period and they get periods

                                                                                    • Abra Cadabra
                                                                                      Abra Cadabra  3 месяца назад

                                                                                      Women are fantasists, they live their lives in the false world of the selfie and selfie sites like Instagram etc.

                                                                                      • Abra Cadabra
                                                                                        Abra Cadabra  3 месяца назад

                                                                                        Then they wonder why men don't want to have anything to do with them.

                                                                                        • Mozzarella Ice Cream
                                                                                          Mozzarella Ice Cream  3 месяца назад

                                                                                          "Depth and complexity afforded to male representations"? What depth and complexity? I need sources for this.

                                                                                          • Mozzarella Ice Cream
                                                                                            Mozzarella Ice Cream  3 месяца назад

                                                                                            @Susana Diaz Reixa Um...what?

                                                                                            • Susana Diaz Reixa
                                                                                              Susana Diaz Reixa  3 месяца назад

                                                                                              @Mozzarella Ice Cream that she was specifically talking about young women in this video, it Isis it in the title, and that I am sure she knows also about male representation! she said that the sophistication in which women are representation is greater than that of men! she didn't explain more because the video was dedicated for the research for young women

                                                                                              • Mozzarella Ice Cream
                                                                                                Mozzarella Ice Cream  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                @Susana Diaz Reixa Um...what?

                                                                                                • Susana Diaz Reixa
                                                                                                  Susana Diaz Reixa  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                  she was talking about young women, if u email her about this maybe she could answer, but she snot gonna cover all in one go u people are so intolerant man, have a deep breath

                                                                                                  • kyrk2112
                                                                                                    kyrk2112  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                    What you do does not attract a man to procreate. What you look like does. As long as you continue to not take biology into account in your conversation, it will remain one sided and benefit the orphan cat population in this country.

                                                                                                    • gehbaden12
                                                                                                      gehbaden12  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                      Pity. It's an important issue - yet her talk is full of fallacies and inconsistencies - just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Sorry, Mary McGill. Better luck next time :)

                                                                                                      • Merlin Geikie
                                                                                                        Merlin Geikie  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                        What a victim.

                                                                                                        • S R
                                                                                                          S R  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                          It's so amazing to me that here we have people devoting their time to researching selfies when there are thousands dying due to a lack of food or access to clean water. A problem that we CAN fix, which is taking many lives, is ignored for looking at selfies... amazing. It's not narcissism we're talking about when it comes to selfies from BOTH genders, it's vanity. Plain and simple.

                                                                                                          • J V
                                                                                                            J V  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                            What a bunch of pseudo-intellectual BS

                                                                                                            • Reuben Jensen
                                                                                                              Reuben Jensen  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                              Only women are reduced to their appearance? Umm, lady, set up a male profile on Tinder and give it a whirl.

                                                                                                              • dave himlin
                                                                                                                dave himlin  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                Just like TALMUD TV was the next big step in dumbing down the goy, social media is now the next bigger step in making the goy, even dumber. Its all working as planned, to the delight of the talmudists.

                                                                                                                • dave himlin
                                                                                                                  dave himlin  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                  Social media does a excellent job of attracting and exposing the countless goy who are full of vanity, narcissism, shallowness and phony drama . It is frightening how many millions of teenager/young goy have been inflicted with these pathetic character traits. The goy are stuck in a hamster wheel of destruction and delusions . This only gets worse because todays pathetic goy parents are raising even more pathetic children that will become parents and raise even dumber offspring.

                                                                                                                  • Julia Broussard
                                                                                                                    Julia Broussard  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                    Or maybe I, as a young woman, thought I looked good and wanted to take a picture. Narcissism is a personality disorder and there is so much more to it than just a superficial belief of grandiosity. It's just a picture of yourself, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

                                                                                                                    • WorldEagleKW
                                                                                                                      WorldEagleKW  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                      The problem I have with these feminists is that I never hear them complaining about the lack of equal representation in occupations like brick layers or street sweepers. However they pick the top of the social-economical hierarchy, where a very small percent of men mainly occupy, and demand equality of outcome. They ignore the fact that the majority of the human beings that are at the bottom are men. Their behavior and so-called “research” on feminism is dividing men and women. This is very vicious. Men and women have always struggled and worked together in the tough past. Can we just love each other?

                                                                                                                      • filippo berti
                                                                                                                        filippo berti  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                        so what sould we do? I did't get the point here..

                                                                                                                        • Anabella Dickson
                                                                                                                          Anabella Dickson  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                          It seems that parents get blamed for teens being narcissistic but the media is grooming kids into being huge consumers. When they watch tv, go to school and talk with their peers, when they go to the movies or the malls when they are on social media.....parental shields are being broken down and the media gains access into kids minds and lures them into buying stuff that suppossedly makes them more attractive, more popular etc etc. It was mobile phones that started the whole selfie phenomenon along with fb....they make $$$$ from kids getting their parents to buy them iphones with the latest cameras it's twitch and live streaming...Parents are as much media victims as are their kids.

                                                                                                                          • Melissa Lynn
                                                                                                                            Melissa Lynn  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                            im convinced there is no benefit in social media, i invite a debate

                                                                                                                            • Samuel Adams
                                                                                                                              Samuel Adams  4 месяца назад

                                                                                                                              lovely great talk

                                                                                                                              • hendrix4151
                                                                                                                                hendrix4151  5 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                nothing wrong with posting pictures of yourself taken from a distance but close up selfies are the worst.

                                                                                                                                • J Stone
                                                                                                                                  J Stone  5 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                  A woman making excuses for women’s behaviour, I’ve never seen that before...

                                                                                                                                  • S Fort
                                                                                                                                    S Fort  5 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                    Look at all the men upset telling women why THEY do what they do. Men always think they can tell women why they act a certain way

                                                                                                                                    • Bob Anderson
                                                                                                                                      Bob Anderson  3 месяца назад

                                                                                                                                      Because men have finally figured women out. Cat's out of the bag. Just search the red pill or MGTOW

                                                                                                                                      • Thony6000
                                                                                                                                        Thony6000  5 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                        Lol she's one of them 😂 narcissistic and shallow

                                                                                                                                        • Robo Faust
                                                                                                                                          Robo Faust  5 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                          Yet another worthy and fascinating subject is consumed by social justice activism... could have saved so much time by just screaming "PATRIARCHY!".

                                                                                                                                          • Mary Perez
                                                                                                                                            Mary Perez  5 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                            Loved your talk! When I was young, I dressed up and tried to look pretty so I could attract my future husband. I wanted him to fall in love with me at first sight. So of course, I had to always be prepared. Girls are just using selfies to attract their future husbands. It's harmless.

                                                                                                                                            • ze LONDON
                                                                                                                                              ze LONDON  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                              Please stop spreading this ... misconception! That's exactly what is wrong with the world - waste of time and afford proving that Earth is flat!

                                                                                                                                              • Jamie Keeney
                                                                                                                                                Jamie Keeney  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                This wasn’t even about narcissism. God bless our men. Now off to find what I was looking for.

                                                                                                                                                • Patrick Hood
                                                                                                                                                  Patrick Hood  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                  Love how she some how finds a way to position the woman as the victim while justifying the action.. bahahaha. What a sick joke.

                                                                                                                                                  • Patrick Hood
                                                                                                                                                    Patrick Hood  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                    She's literally having a book read her mind outwards onto the world. She's possessed by a false ideology, rather than a generator of unique thought.

                                                                                                                                                    • lockandloadlikehell
                                                                                                                                                      lockandloadlikehell  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                      She should have her clothes off.

                                                                                                                                                      • Beat89 Widmer
                                                                                                                                                        Beat89 Widmer  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                        This lady is very delusional.

                                                                                                                                                        • Arianna Cortez
                                                                                                                                                          Arianna Cortez  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                          I came for a valid point, not a bias

                                                                                                                                                          • nine0ball
                                                                                                                                                            nine0ball  6 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                            Jesus Christ. Anyone can get on Ted Talks now.

                                                                                                                                                            • Edward Overkleeft
                                                                                                                                                              Edward Overkleeft  7 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                              Folks always say they value their privacy but then post themselves and family all over social media. Hypocrisy at its highest

                                                                                                                                                              • Mal Bruni
                                                                                                                                                                Mal Bruni  7 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                                Vice versa. Women are attracted to men

                                                                                                                                                                • John Hooper
                                                                                                                                                                  John Hooper  7 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                                  Again women are presented as victims.. Entitled narcisstic behavior.. Oh of course we need go blame men..

                                                                                                                                                                  • Ronin Butterfield
                                                                                                                                                                    Ronin Butterfield  7 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                                    Go MGTOW!

                                                                                                                                                                    • Ming.OnMongo
                                                                                                                                                                      Ming.OnMongo  7 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                                      'Fish lips' still look pretty stoopid, regardless the 'reason'.

                                                                                                                                                                      • Poetic Merci’
                                                                                                                                                                        Poetic Merci’  7 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                                        Men are not the problem. The lack of a man (is the problem) a father. A father to teach them love and self beauty this as well goes for mothers in this generation because rather than teach them how to carry them selves like women they’re in the downstairs bathroom taking a selfie while the daughters upstairs or a times the ones taking the picture for them. So instead blaming men let’s take a look a the first man who came to her life(or didn’t). It’s so unfortunate...if this what’s going on now what’s this world gonna look like 30 years from now.

                                                                                                                                                                        • brake chamber
                                                                                                                                                                          brake chamber  8 месяцев назад

                                                                                                                                                                          White woman point of view