A study conducted by researchers at Brunel University in London has revealed that people who constantly post their diet regimen, workouts, and other fitness accomplishments on Facebook are narcissists who need validation while Facebook users who repeatedly talk about their significant other in their status update have low self-esteem.
And, yes, I hear you, guy who needs to capture and share how swole he is after a good pump sesh, these researchers probably are “just jealous”. I know, girlfriend whose boyfriend is the best in the whole wide entire world, these researchers “don’t understand your love”. Feel free to keep posting the most asinine updates imaginable. Otherwise, we might lose you and as we all know, you’re a treasure, so we’d be losing a piece of ourselves!
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Here are the major findings from the study, according to Science Daily:
People with low self-esteem more frequently posted status updates about their current romantic partner.
Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community. These updates also received a greater number of ‘likes’ and comments, indicating that narcissists’ boasting may be reinforced by the attention they crave.
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.
Conscientiousness was associated with writing more updates about one’s children.
One of the study’s researchers, Dr. Tara Marshall (who’s not a sloth monster), stated:
“[A]lthough our results suggest that narcissists’ bragging pays off because they receive more likes and comments to their status updates, it could be that their Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays.”
Secret dislikes! God, that should be a Facebook feature. Everyone except the user posting can see that user’s secret dislikes. Self-esteems getting creamed all over the place once word gets out. Facebook would become one giant Flame War Zone.
So, have some respect for yourself and be confident that you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and goshdarnit, people like you without SHOVING IT INTO OUR F*CKING NEWS FEEDS, YOU ANIMALS!
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