There was a time when social media was a new thing. Do you even remember life before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
And how about the time when people were communicating through Bebo and Myspace? At one time, you couldn’t even find enough people to talk to on those sites. Today, it’s quite the opposite.
It is so strange to think about how far communication has come and how people’s behaviors have changed along with it.
And even if you are not into logging on social media platforms that often, you probably know someone who is.
Admit it – you have noticed yourself behaving like this: for example, rolling your eyes or if you are smart enough, simply clicking the unfollow button. And you do this in order to escape the choice between unfriending someone or seeing their photos from the gym on your news feed every day.
Although posting status updates about your workout routine, diet and various other fitness-related achievements might seem like a good idea to you, the effect is quite different.
The truth is, this can quickly become too much for people to bear, even friends and family.
According to a study conducted by researchers at London’s Brunel University, people who post such content on a daily basis are a textbook examples of narcissists.
The research results revealed that those people are often looking for approval from their peers. Another interesting information is that those that publicly post about their significant other on social media might suffer from low self-esteem.
The study also reveals that the need for attention increases with each like and comment.
On the other hand, posting updates about your children is associated with conscientiousness.
Dr. Tara Marshall, one of the researchers and a lecturer in psychology at Brunel University, stated:
“Although 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.”
The researchers said that this is a vicious cycle, which is perpetrated further by every reaction a post receives.
“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,” Marshall added.
However, luckily the “unfollow” option is always there if you wish to avoid posts like this.