You know you’ve seen several posts from friends that are super duper, extremely in love with their significant other.
Doesn’t a part of you always wonder, if they are so much in love why are they broadcasting it everywhere?
Well, a new study by Albright College Pennsylvania, shows that their Facebook doting might not be because their significant other is perfect but because they are high in Relationship Contingent Self-Esteem – a type of low self-esteem centered on how your relationship is going.
According to the study, people who are high in Relationship Contingent Self-Esteem are more inclined to post affectionate content, brag, acknowledge their partner as “the best boyfriend ever” and monitor their partner’s social media accounts more closely.
These results suggest that those high in RCSE feel a need to show others, their partners and perhaps themselves that their relationship is ‘OK’ and, thus, they are OK,’ said Albright assistant professor of psychology, Gwendolyn Seidman.
The volunteers were tested on their relationship-related Facebook tendencies, including interacting with their partner online and posting pictures of each other, according to a report in The Atlantic. They were also tested on their personalities based on five traits known to psychologists as the “Big Five”: neuroticism, extroversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. And the findings indicated that introverts were more likely to “show off” on Facebook.
Participants high in neuroticism were also more likely to monitor their partner and flaunt their relationship on Facebook.
This is what we expected, given that neurotic individuals are generally more jealous in their romantic relationships,” Seidman said.
Earlier studies had suggested that extroverts tended to be more active on social media and have larger online networks. Seidman, nevertheless, noted that extroverts might be more comfortable to share information with people face-to-face, as opposed to introverts.
Other previous studies indicated that individuals inclined to overshare online might “just want to belong.”
As an after thought, what we’ve learnt from this is that, next time your friend is acting like a needy narcissist on Facebook, chances are they’re probably feeling that way in real life too – and your ‘likes’ could be egging them on. Keep that in mind, and use social media wisely. Seriously, you’ve been warned!
via Science Alert