What gym selfies say about your personality - and what 'liking' and commenting on them means - watsupptoday.com
What gym selfies say about your personality - and what 'liking' and commenting on them means
Posted 04 Nov 2016 05:44 PM


It's hard to recall, but there was a time not so long ago when selfies didn't exist.

This meant you often had no idea what people had for dinner, sausage legs were an alien concept and you only ever saw an avocado in the supermarket.

Pictures of people's gym work-outs have become as ubiquitous as Starbucks, and while an individual's desire to better themselves is to be applauded, it can get a little tiresome.

Not even on those evenings when your only goal is to eat pizza and mainline Netflix, but also if you're exercising and trying to stay fit. The comparison we all make is dangerous and unhealthy.

But selfies and posting on social media have become so much the norm, we sometimes don't question it, putting it down to the way things are.

So take heart from recent research conducted by Brunel University . Those prolific social media bunnies may have killer abs and ritzy gym gear - but they're by no means perfect.

Yes, it may not come as a huge surprise, but the study found people who update and advertise their health and fitness endeavours and achievements are 'typically narcissists'.

555 Facebook users took part in online surveys which measured self-esteem and narcissism as well as the ' Big Five' personality traits (extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness).

The findings of the survey?

"Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community."

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According to the study, the updates do in fact attract a larger number of likes and comments, which in turn vindicates a narcissist's boasting and encourages them further.

And there is a large element of the physical.

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"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."

But before you scoff and cry "I KNEW it!" into your Krispy Kreme, if you 'like' and comment - this ego bolstering is in part down to you, and is a little two-faced.

Psychology lecturer Dr Tara Marshall explains:

"It could be that their [narcissists'] 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."

So there you go. If it genuinely annoys you, don't engage with it.

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