Mental Health

What These Social Media Habits Reveal About Your Personality

Are you a humblebragger? You might lack empathy.

Another annoyance in the world of social media is boasting, be it blatant or false modesty. Most people already associate personality flaws in people who brag, and scientific evidence now backs this correlation. Ironically, constantly posting about how amazing you are indicates a poor self-image; it reveals low self-confidence and a great need for approval, validation, and recognition from others that cannot be found internally. According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Individual Differences, this behavior also points to traits characteristic of narcissism. Researchers reported that “[i]ndividuals who tended to brag when they shared their positive events… reported less agreeableness, less conscientiousness, and less empathy.” In addition, people who shared their bragging en masse showed higher levels of narcissism. The study also found that men brag more than women.

Whether a person obviously boasts or attempts a humblebrag, science has observed greater dislike of such individuals along with significant personality flaws in the commenters.