Those pesky friends on Facebook who are constantly making us feel guilty about our lack of motivation for the gym, with their incessant posting about each and every one of their workouts on social media.
Well according to a new study, people who are super keen on documenting their gym activity aren’t just super annoying, but apparently have psychological issues too.
Researchers say that their goal is not to motivate everyone else with their #FitnessJourney, but to boast about themselves.
Addicted to attention? Narcissistic? Self esteem issues? Tick, tick, and tick!
However, despite many loathing these types of posts, apparently these status updates get more ‘likes’ than any other! Let’s just say, the high frequency of likes may not necessarily reflect people’s love for seeing them.
“Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community”, the study concludes.
Dr Tara Marshal goes on saying, 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 every time #FitnessMotivators check into their gym on Facebook or share a mirror snap of their defined abs, take comfort knowing that you’re not annoying anyone sitting on your couch watching Netflix.