We all know somebody who constantly updates their social media feeds with their gym activities and progress pics, and if you don’t, then the chances are it’s probably you.
There is nothing wrong with a bit of self-improvement, but while it can be motivating and inspiring, studies have shown that those who regularly post updates about working out, diets and accomplishments are more likely to be narcissists.
In a recent study by Brunel University London, they found that:
“Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community.”
Research found that updates about fitness and workouts were more likely to be liked and shared compared to other kinds of social posts.
Lead author Dr Tara Marshal admitted that this didn’t necessarily mean that the audience it reached were impressed.
She said: “Although our results suggest that narcissists’ bragging pays off because they receive more likes and comments to their status updates, it could be that Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays.”
Research also found that people who post multiple statuses about their significant other are more likely to have self-esteem. Sometimes it’s better left off social media altogether. No one appreciates a constant stream of mushy relationship statuses, especially when they’re still swiping away on Tinder.
For those who are looking to be more considerate on social media, Dr Marshal offers some helpful advice:
“Greater awareness of how one’s status updates might be perceived by friends could help people to avoid topics that annoy more than they entertain.”