We all have those “friends” who have to let us know that they went to the gym. Well, it turns they might actually have a psychological problem causing them to become selfie-mad.
A study at Brunel University found that person who constantly brag about fitness tend to be fueled by narcissism – a psychological problem where people gain pleasure from admiring themselves. Which then translates into annoying “sun’s out, guns out” kind of posts all over your timeline, in a hope for likes and comments to boost the ego.
Narcissists also wrote more status updates about their diet and exercise routine, suggesting that they use Facebook to broadcast the effort they put into their physical appearance.
The survey measured personality traits such as extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. It also found that Facebook users who post a sh*t load of updates about their boyfriend or girlfriend have lower self-esteem and that those who are more conscientious tend to post more updates about their children.