With the internet, we all know the existence of self-absorbed narcissists is inevitable. Many people prefer not to associate themselves with these kinds of people since they are emotionally draining. They feed off of your sympathy for them. But you know what? If you want a be a self-centered prick online go ahead, I’ll probably unfollow you on all social media but you can talk about yourself and how amazing you are to people who are stupid enough to feed your narcissism. Caravaggio’s “Narcissus,” painted in 1597 illustrates the Greek myth of Narcissus who falls in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. But unfortunately, there is another layer of narcissism, which you’ve probably all encountered; whether it be online or in real life. I’m talking about people who think they’re amazing but pretend to have low self-esteem for compliments and attention. Yes, I mean attention seekers. Thinking that you should be famous is annoying enough. But if you try to fish for compliments by pretending to have low self-esteem, then in a completely serious sense, fuck off. We’ve all seen it on Instagram when someone posts a selfie, writing about how ugly they are and how sorry they are that we had to see their face in that post in the comments. And they are then bombarded with comments from other users saying how they aren’t ugly and how they’re so good looking. They are so many things wrong with this. They are so many people with low self-esteem nowadays, so low to the point that they’re can’t look in the mirror without being ashamed. Yet, we choose to focus on the people who have a high enough self-esteem as it is, and give them a massive ego boost. Why? I understand that social media is full of ignorant people, but you’d expect them all to be intelligent enough to realize when someone is seeking attention. “…if you try to fish for compliments by pretending to have low self-esteem, then in a completely serious sense, fuck off.” Also, if you really had low self-esteem, you would rarely post pictures of yourself. In fact, you’d probably be terrified of posting pictures of yourself. And a big fuck you, because there are people out there who have to deal with low self-esteem every day, and here you are not only creating false stereotypes for people who have low self-esteem, but insulting those who actually have to live with it. So in conclusion, be as narcissistic as you want on the internet. You’ll get a lot of hate for it, but if it makes you happy then go ahead. But don’t guilt people into giving you the attention that you desire so much. I’m a pretty stupid person, but I’m not stupid enough to fall you trying to guilt me into giving you attention. [Cover Image Credit : The Envy Of Narcissism] Originally published at roiskid.com on January 4, 2016.