A new study has found that people who make the biggest fucking deal about their relationships on the internet tend to, conversely, feel very insecure about their relationships. Take that, love.
The research, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, examines the psychological mechanisms behind what they call "relationship visibility" and how that manifests on Facebook. In short, "avoidant" personality types were less likely to post about their relationships to the social network, whereas anxious individuals were far more likely to engage in deliberately trying to remind others that yes, they are in a relationship. From the study abstract:
On a daily basis, when people felt more insecure about their partner's feelings, they tended to make their relationships visible (Study 3). These studies highlight the role of relationships in how people portray themselves to others.
So the next time some obnoxious person you keep meaning to unfriend gushes for the billionth time about bae being the baest bae to ever bae, don't get mad. Get worried about their relationship. They certainly are.
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