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Research Says Facebook Status Updates Can Reveal Narcissism and Low Self-Esteem

According to the study, those who like to post about their workouts are most likely narcissists. Do you agree?


A research conducted by psychologists at Brunel University London found that Facebook status updates can reveal signs of narcissism and low self-esteem. According to the study, users who constantly post about their partners are more likely to have low self-esteem, while those who brag about diets, accomplishments, and exercise are typically narcissists.

The researchers surveyed Facebook users to examine their personality traits, as well as their motives for posting their status updates. Data was collected from 555 Facebook users who filled up online surveys measuring the ‘Big Five’ personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. Self-esteem and narcissism were also measured in the surveys.

A recent research says that Facebook status updates can indicate signs of narcissism and low self-esteem.

The results show that people with low self-esteem often post status updates about their romantic partner. Narcissists, on the other hand, like to post about their achievements, so they can get the attention they crave. They also like to post about diet and exercise as a way to broadcast the efforts they put into improving their physical appearance. Finally, conscientiousness was associated with posting updates about one’s children.

Those with low self-esteem tend to post often about their romantic partner.

Psychology lecturer Dr. Tara Marshall, from Brunel University London, said:

“It might come as little surprise that Facebook status updates reflect people’s personality traits. However, it is important to understand why people write about certain topics on Facebook because their updates may be differentially rewarded with ‘likes’ and comments. People who receive more likes and comments tend to experience the benefits of social inclusion, whereas those who receive none feel ostracized.

Narcissists like to post about their achievements and look at ‘likes’ and positive comments as validation of their efforts.

She continued:

“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 results are not surprising, but now, there’s a study to back them up.

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According to the research team, more studies should be done to explore the responses to these status updates, the likability of the users who post them, and whether or not particular topics increase the chances of someone getting unfriended.

Source: Science Daily


Snake Quickly Regrets Its Attempt To Eat a Porcupine

That’s some quick karma.

A video of a boa constrictor writhing in pain after attacking and attempting to eat a porcupine is making the rounds on the internet. The video, shot by a man in Brazil, shows the snake with dozens of porcupine spikes piercing through its body.

The snake reportedly attacked and tried to eat a porcupine, but the reptile ended up in worse condition than its prey after the porcupine defended itself using its quills. In the video, the snake appears to have greenish spikes stuck in its body.

A snake in Brazil suffers in pain after its porcupine prey defended itself.

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Circus Trainer Gets Brutally Attacked By Lions In Front of Shocked Live Audience

Terrified kids and parents witnessed the anger of lions.

Going to the circus might sound like a good idea for a fun day out with the kids. However, parents and children who went to a circus in Lviv, Ukraine were left terrified after two lions angrily attacked their trainer during the show.

This is totally not what you’re expecting to see when you go watch a wholesome circus.

Circus trainer Oleksiy Pinko was savagely mauled by two lions in front of the audience.

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Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders Before Being Influenced By Europeans

Native Americans valued people for their contributions to the tribe – not for their masculinity or femininity.

Before Europeans took over North America, Native Americans didn't have strict gender roles. There were no set gender norms for tribe members to follow in order to be accepted in the community, and showing both feminine and masculine traits were not frowned upon.

In fact, Native Americans considered people with both male and female characteristics as gifts by nature able to view both sides of everything. Native Americans had the following genders: male, female, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male, and transgendered.

Native Americans did not enforce strict genders roles in their tribes.

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