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If you use Facebook on a daily basis, you have probably noticed how some of your friends post photos of themselves after a “tough” gym workout. Everyone has noticed such photos, but to think of this as a psychological illness brings a new spin to the issue.
Photos of the aforementioned variety typically show the people in the gym, working out. Photos showing the after results, bragging about their nonexistent muscles are typically the worst. And don’t forget the photos of the drive to the gym, which people love to share with friends.
But now, after some careful research and analysis of the results, we can say with certainty that this type of behavior can be explained by a psychological approach. Social media methodologist and researcher Tara Marshall says that following someone’s Facebook status is a good way to see what their personality type is. To see some of the things that they are willing to put out to the rest of the world is a good indicator of mental instability.
Personality traits are directly reflected in the posts of those who are a part of the Facebook community, this is especially true for those hideous workout photos. Due to this reason, Brunel University has taken an interest in this kind of psychology, making them one of the first in the United Kingdom to study Facebook and its relation to the individual personality.
The study followed 555 research participants who were Facebook users. Researchers found that of the 555 users, those who continuously updated their status had “superiority complexes.” By this, the research concluded that people who use Facebook more than average are most likely to brag to their friends and talk about their life experiences.
Using Facebook as a way to brag shows what kind of person you are. Those who also posted workout photos and selfies of their bodies were deemed, narcissists. People obsessed with looking good and their physical condition are most likely to fall into this category.
With the research conclusions being as such, it is no surprise that most people who over post on Facebook are the most likely to brag about themselves in this everyday society. Most people who need to be accepted go to platforms like Facebook to “express” themselves, but it is an unfortunate fact that these narcissistic status updates get the most likes.
People who indulged in taking photos of fancy events or eating expensive food were deemed possible narcissists but had superiority issues. The survey of the research participants found that the perfect combination of the five personality traits (openness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness) was a good compass to track the personalities of Facebook users.