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Study Claims People Who Post Their Fitness Routines On Facebook Have Psychological Problems

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Study Claims People Who Post Their Fitness Routines On Facebook Have Psychological Problems

I'll be honest with you, I am guilty of sharing my fitness updates online. My theory is that if I am going to make the effort training, then I'm going to document my achievements.

To me, not updating the world on my gym activity is like winning a competition and then keeping the medal in your sock drawer. Be proud, is what I say.

Don't worry, I'm not the guy who sits on the bench snapping a flexed form while others wait their turn. I agree, that guy is the worst. But, yes, I do not regret that I post my runs, cycles and even a few shameless selfies post-gym (not every time) - does that mean I have 'issues'?

Well, apparently so. People like me are addicted to attention and esteem, claim researchers from the Brunel University in London.

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According to the researchers, those who document their gym activities tend to be narcissists. That's because 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 post, reports the Independent.

"Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community," the study concludes.

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But the high number of likes doesn't necessarily mean everyone loves seeing those bragging posts.

Dr Tara Marshal goes on. She 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."

I've been told! From now on, only creative selfies are to be taklen the gym, like these two.

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I'm not sure if the 'no selfie' rule applies when you have control like that.

Featured image credit: Instagram/@kdhoferyoga

Topics: Selfie, Internet, Social Media, Workout

Hamish Kilburn
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