While I was driving through New England after 10 inches of snow fell, I passed two young people who skid down the hill and plowed into three garbage cans before hitting a fence post. They looked OK. They looked better than the car. They must have been OK because instead of checking her boyfriend for bruises or picking up the garbage or trying to get the car out of the ditch, the girl was taking selfies with her cellphone. My first thought was, \u201cHmmm, they must be making a GEICO commercial.\u201d My second thought was \u201cCan I get in the photo???\u201d Being a geezer, I confess that taking photos would be the last thing on my mind. I\u2019d be more concerned with escaping the scene of the crime so I wouldn\u2019t have to pick up all that frozen garbage. Now, don\u2019t get hot and bothered and start grumbling, \u201cWhy didn\u2019t you stop to help those poor young people? Aren\u2019t you concerned about your neighbor and social justice and doing the right thing?\u201d Let me answer honestly. No. They probably posted their photos on Instagram, sent out tweets worldwide and set up a GoFundMe page to pay for car repairs. Isn\u2019t it wonderful the things you can do with social media, as long as you don\u2019t get censored? Have you noticed that whenever there\u2019s a crisis or natural disaster, every bystander\u2019s first reaction is to take selfies and post them? \u201cHey everybody! I\u2019m on my Paris vacation, and that\u2019s Notre Dame going up in flames behind me!\u201d The crazy thing is if they send the photo to their local newspaper, they\u2019ll be on the front page the next day ... or in the church bulletin. Everybody needs content. Some tourist sites prohibit selfie photos so people won\u2019t put themselves in perilous situations. A couple was killed in Portugal photographing themselves on the edge of a cliff; a tourist fell to his death from a bridge in Spain; and a nitwit running with the bulls snapped a selfie and almost got gored to death, which leads me to conclude that raging bulls do NOT like having their pictures taken. You\u2019ve probably also read about adventurous tourists taking selfies on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and before they know it \u2014 oops \u2014 they\u2019re in the canyon and that\u2019s the last vacation photo you\u2019ll ever see. Selfies can kill. For years, I had to navigate around tourists in Grand Central who were taking photos with selfie sticks during rush hour and nearly poking out the eyes of hapless commuters, whose only offense was they wanted to get to work on time. What psychological need inspires selfie-ism? Where did we get this attention-seeking gene? Don\u2019t misunderstand me. Some very prominent people love selfies, including Pope Francis and Barack Obama, and I don\u2019t want to get on their bad side. Nevertheless, I\u2019m convinced social media is an accelerant that\u2019s fueling a pandemic of narcissism, and there\u2019s no vaccine. Pfizer, do something quick! A study by Swansea University, which I never heard of, showed that posting selfies can increase your narcissism level by 25 percent. (It\u2019s time for our president to issue an executive order taxing selfies so we can solve the U.S. budget deficit.) This brings me to a really serious national security issue that could rival Russian collusion. I have to whisper now. \u201cInfluencer\u201d Kylie Jenner has 202 million followers on Instagram, and her half-sister Kim Kardashian has 193 million. One of their favorite pastimes is posting selfie pictures of themselves in various stages of undress for the good of humanity. Consider that last November 160 million Americans voted in the presidential election. Do the math. Kim Kardashian has more followers than Joe Biden and Donald Trump combined. She and Kylie could be in the White House in four years. They could even take over China. DANGER: We need to do something ASAP because they are not trained professional politicians! I, for one, wouldn\u2019t want our president, whoever he or she is, posting selfies wearing a thong bikini at the Paris climate talks. Would you? Don\u2019t answer that. (I was kidding. I \u2019ll stop to help anyone who drives into a garbage can if they\u2019re not posing for pictures.) Joe Pisani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.