Study: Couples who post happy pictures may be unhappy
January 16, 2017
Admit it: When you see a Facebook feed stuffed with pictures of couples smiling, laughing and kissing, you roll your eyes and think, “That’s too good to be true.”
Turns out you’re right.
A recent study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people who feel the most insecure about their relationships are most apt to post mushy, PDA-filled photos.
The study, based on the habits of 108 couples, found that “when people felt more insecure about their partner’s feelings, they tended to make their relationships more visible.”
The psychology behind this tendency isn’t too hard to figure out. When you feel insecure, you’re looking for validation from others.
If you’re not getting it from your significant other, it makes sense you’d seek out praise on social media, where people are quick with a like or a tossed-off comment like, “you make a cute couple!”
While that won’t address the problems at the heart of your shaky relationship, it may help you to stay in it a bit longer – until the next moment of insecurity, leading to the next social media post, and it’s down the rabbit hole again.
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