Call it a moral booster or progress monitor, a new research says it doesn’t matter what you call it–if you post your fitness routine, then you may be suffering from a psychological problem.
A new research from the Brunel University in London looked at why so many people share every workout photos on social media–they came to the conclusion that there’s an underlying problem.
Per the research, as reported by BusinessInsider, “People who are always keen on documenting their gym activities (or every time you simply go for a good, old-fashioned run) tend to be narcissists. According to the researchers, the primary goal is to boast about how much time you invest in your looks. Apparently, these status updates also earn more Facebook likes than other kinds of posts.”
The study concludes that, “Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community.”
One of the researchers, Dr Tara Marshal adds that “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.”
So the next time you come across one of those gym photos, remember, the person posting it may be psychologically unstable.