There’s going to be at least one or two people in your friend group that post their fitness endeavors to Facebook – it’s 2017, so that’s to be expected. You might even be that person! You can see it now: “Ran a few miles before work to get the blood pumping! Living life!”. It can be motivating to some, but incredibly annoying to others.
A new study conducted by the researchers over at Brunel University (located in London) gives us a little insight into why people are posting their workouts on social media. If you thought the results were going to shed a positive light on the issue, you are horribly mistaken.
Attention is Important
Those that are always posting their gym activity to Facebook seemingly seek out attention and a new study shows that they also tend to be narcissistic. The main goal that researchers found these individuals to pursue was boasting about how much time you’ve put into looking so good. These updates also tend to earn more likes than any other type of Facebook post – go figure! That’s why you see so many popular fitness pages on Facebook, as it’s the perfect platform to be using for said niche.
Dr. Tara Marhsal said that the results may paint these people out to be narcissists, but the constant updates pay off, as they earn more Facebook likes/comments than essentially everybody else. Some of your friends could be offering a little bit of support to these people, but hate them in reality; which is healthy I suppose. Whenever you see someone boasting about their physical achievements, it can make you start thinking about your own inadequacies. Egotistical or not, posting every single workout you’ve accomplished on Facebook is a problem.
At least we aren’t narcissists, right?
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