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New study reveals what your Facebook posts say about you - and what your friends think

Survey says that people who post about their relationship are insecure

Published 16/09/2015 | 15:08

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are seen in this screengrab of a wedding photo posted on Zuckerberg's Facebook page. Photo: Reuters
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are seen in this screengrab of a wedding photo posted on Zuckerberg's Facebook page. Photo: Reuters

A new study has revealed what your Facebook posts say about you as a person.

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The study conducted by London's Brunel University, concluded that those who posted regularly about their relationship on Facebook were insecure in said relationship and needed attention and approval to 'distract' from their insecurities.

On the opposite end of the scale, those who posted about their healthy lifestyle and/or gym sessions were egotistical and wanted likes and comments to reinforce their sense of self.

Brunel University psychology lecturer Dr Tara Marshall said: "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 ostracised".

""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".

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