People Who Post Photos Of Them Doing Sports Have Psychological Problems According To The Experts

When browsing Facebook or Instagram, how many photos of people at the gym do you see? Many. Maybe you have a friend who does it all the time, or maybe you do it yourself? There is real evidence that people who post photos of their sports activities on their social media accounts have psychological problems.

The study
Psychologists at Brunel University in London surveyed Facebook users in 2015 to examine the personality traits and motivations that influence their choice of topics on which they decide to write in their status updates, something that few previous studies have explored.

The data was collected from 555 Facebook users who responded to online surveys to measure the 7 major personality traits, namely: extraversion, neuroticism, openness, enjoyment, awareness, self-esteem, and narcissism.

Research has found that people with low self-esteem have more frequently published updates about their current partner.

Narcissists, meanwhile, have more frequently updated their achievements, motivated by their need for attention and validation from their friends on Facebook. These updates also received more "likes" and comments, indicating that the narcissists' claim can be reinforced by the attention they need.

Narcissists have also written more updates on their diet and sports routines, claiming to use Facebook to spread the effort they provide for their physical appearance.
People Who Post Photos Of Them Doing Sports Have Psychological Problems According To The Experts

Why do these people post photos of them at the gym?
Psychology professor Tara Marshall of Brunel University in London says the publication of this type of status reflects people's personality traits. So, if the images contain suggestive or provocative poses, it is also reasonable to analyze this type of behavior. More specifically, research at Brunel University revealed that people who publish the above-mentioned statutes tend to be narcissists and that their primary motivation is their need for validation by the Facebook community.

Not surprisingly, these publications tend to receive the greatest amount of "likes" and reactions. However, Tara Marshall hypothesized that the Facebook friends of people who publish, politely offer support while secretly hating such selfish publications. Moreover, as an individual who likes to comment or "like" this type of updates, you may be able to confirm or refute this idea. But if you are someone who publishes these types of updates, this hypothesis might make you think about your real motives and the needs behind it.

Certainly studies of this kind are not 100% accurate or universal, but we have to admit that we all have to think about what we publish on social media, and why we do it before we do it.

So, unless you are very creative in your sport training, it may be wiser to think twice before doing your progress publications in the gym on Facebook. Feel free to share this article with your friends!
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