YIKES this thread seems to not know what it's about.
What stood out to me... an elder so to speak... is the narcissist thing that young people.... and I include Riley and his wife embrace largely because of the fertile environment of social media. Not only is this how so many young people are making money... selling products and being paid for popularity - CLICKS... something youth from earlier generation did not know.
I would call the present "The age of Narcissism"... where both voyeurism and exhibitionist are the norm. SLV simple turns the meme into a lifestyle and a healhy income.
I disagree, I don't think it's anything new. People have been taking "selfies" at favorite vacation spots, ever since the portable camera was invented. Anytime a kid pitched a no-hitter in his little league team, his parents bought up all the newspapers, just to send a copy of the article and photo to all the relatives.
People got excited if they were asked to have their photo on the front of a Wheaties box. As far back as when fashion photography was first invented, young girls had dreams of getting paid to be fashion models.
There is a bit of narcissism behind every parent who has ever video taped a school play, or kids ball game.
And how is Facebook any different than the past generations who subjected their friends to pictures and home movies of their vacation?
I know a kid I went to grade school with, who's family got very excited when he was chosen to model kids clothes in the catalog of a local department store.
Narcissism is a basic human drive. That's why we invented the pronouns "I" and "me" in our language.
I've read many of Riley and Elayna's Patreon supporters say that they provide them something to fantasize about, while they are sitting at work, in some cold, snowy, northern city.
There are people who will never sail a boat, and drop anchor in the Canary Islands, who are willing to pay money to people like Riley and Elayna, so they can do it, and provide videos of it.