So, while on Facebook, this particular blog post caught my eye. People Who Post About Fitness On Facebook Are Likely Narcissists. The article covers a study conducted by researchers at Brunel University in London. My immediate annoyance was the misleading title, which sort of gives the interpretation that a majority of people who post about fitness are some how narcissistic.
I can definitely see how someone who is narcissistic, or at least had narcissistic traits can gain validation through superficial posts of any kind, including fitness post. I do think it is important to be careful when using clinical terms such as narcissism to classify everybody who enjoys sharing their weight loss or fitness journeys. Here is a great article that suggests we stop carelessly labeling others narcissistic and other clinical diagnoses. Bottom line, while people who have narcissistic traits may be more likely to post fitness related content (or any brag worthy content) on social media. Doing so, does not increase the likelihood that you carry those traits.
The article, and original study, did make me reflect on my own social media postings. I do share some of my workouts on social media, and enjoy sharing my running journey through my blog. I don’t typically share my daily running activities on my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts, but I do share races and personal achievements. I share my running log on my blog as a mode of connecting with readers, sharing my journey and later I will be able to reflect on my experiences I have shared.
On the flip side, a study done by MIT suggests that sharing your workouts on social media may motivate others to exercise more. I feel good sharing positive posts, including workouts. It’s way better than some of the constant negative noise that gets blasted out constantly. Sometimes social media can give participants the additional support they need to be successful. One study found that participants who shared their weight loss progress on twitter lost more weight, on average, than those who kept it to themselves.
There are definite pros and cons. Posting on social media can always come off as bragging and a bit self-centered. Honestly, almost all of social media posts can be viewed as a bit self-centered. Sometimes we find ourselves negatively comparing ourselves to other peoples posts, which is not healthy. Also, posting can motivate and inspire. Posting your fitness activities can lead to connection with those who share similar interest.
I enjoy following my friends fitness journey and seeing hard work pay off. I want to celebrate with them and give them encouragement along the way. Some people post daily, and some will post every once in a while. I always enjoy posts that are made to build people up.
Some people seem to get extremely annoyed by fitness post. My opinion, if its not hurtful or derogatory and it bothers you ,it probably says more about your insecurities and less about the person who made the post. People are always going to be butt-hurt about something.
What do you think? Do you share your fitness post on social media? Does it bother you when others do? Join the discussion below!