Facebook updates can reveal narcissism and low self-esteem.
People habitually posting to Facebook about exercise, diets and accomplishments are more likely to be narcissists, a new study finds.
And bragging about accomplishments does tend to attract more attention from friends.
The study’s first author, Dr Tara Marshall, 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.
Greater awareness of how one’s status updates might be perceived by friends could help people to avoid topics that annoy more than they entertain.”
The study also found that people who post updates about their current romantic partner are more likely to have low self-esteem.