If you are egocentric, the whole world centers on you and you don't pay much attention to other people. Are you even listening to me?

Egocentric is a pretty recent word (from the early 20th century) and it quite literally means "self-centered." Does its recent invention mean that the human race is becoming more egocentric? If you're concerned about that possibility, maybe you're not as egocentric as I thought.

Definitions of egocentric
  1. adjective
    limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs
    synonyms: egoistic, egoistical, self-centered, self-centred
    self-absorbed, self-involved
    absorbed in your own interests or thoughts etc
    concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others
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    altruistic, selfless
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
    disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
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  2. noun
    a self-centered person with little regard for others
    synonyms: egoist
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    type of:
    selfish person
    a person who is unusually selfish
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