People who post gym selfies on Facebook are narcissists, science says

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15 August 2016

Do you have Facebook friends who regularly post gym selfies or an update about their latest diet?

Do you have Facebook friends who regularly post gym selfies or updates about their latest diet?


Well, they could be narcissists, according to science.

A study conducted by psychologists at Brunel University London, suggests that narcissists tend to use Facebook to seek validation from their friends. And they do this by broadcasting "the effort they put into their physical appearance".

"It might come as little surprise that Facebook status updates reflect people's personality traits," said Psychology lecturer Dr Tara Marshall, from Brunel University London.

"However, it is important to understand why people write about certain topics on Facebook because their updates may be differentially rewarded with 'likes' and comments.

"People who receive more likes and comments tend to experience the benefits of social inclusion, whereas those who receive none feel ostracised."

And it works.

The study, which looked at 555 subjects, found that narcissists' bragging pays off because they receive more likes and comments to their status updates.

But this doesn't mean their friends genuinely like it.

"It could be that their Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays. 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."

Interesting, the study also found that people with low self-esteem more frequently posted status updates about their current romantic partner.

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