You might want to restrict yourself after this...
There are two things we see a lot of on Facebook: gym selfies and babies. They’re absolutely everywhere, and according to a new study by researchers at Brunel University London, it says a lot about the person who posts them.
Let’s start with gym selfies. The study looked at data from 555 Facebook-using participants who completed surveys about their personalities, and found that people who post about their gym progress and diet had personality traits that correlated with narcissism.
The study explains: “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.” Makes sense.
As well as that, the research found that those kinds of posts (mini workout videos, ab snaps, healthy meals) tend to get more likes than others, therefore feeding the ego of the person who puts it up.
And babies? Well, apparently people with low self-esteem are more likely to update their statuses with deets on their relationships and love life since it makes them feel secure.
Moral of the story: the next time you start to feel down about your non-existent gym bod or the fact you don’t even have a boyfriend let alone a baby, remember the personality traits behind the posts making you feel that way.