People who are predisposed to narcissism more frequently post about their achievements at the gym.
If you post about your CrossFit or yoga routine on Facebook, you're probably a narcissist with a deep-seated need for outside validation, a new study says.
A survey from researchers at Brunel University London found that the topics Facebook users choose to post about are influenced by their personality traits.
‘Narcissists put up more status updates about their diet and exercise routine, suggesting that they use Facebook to broadcast the effort they put into their physical appearance.’
Psychologists at the university collected data from 555 Facebook users, to examine the personality traits and motives that influenced what they chose to write about in their status updates.
Each participant was asked to complete online surveys which measured self esteem and narcissism as well as the Big Five personality traits - extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness.
"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," the researchers noted.
Researchers found that their statuses received many likes and comments, which suggests their boasting is 'reinforced by the attention they crave'.
On the other hand, people with low self-esteem are more likely to post about their boyfriends or girlfriends.
Dr Tara Marshall, psychology lecturer said, "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".