If you’ve ever felt a little envious when scrolling through your Facebook feed, passing post after post of loving couples that just won’t quit, don’t fret. Things might not be as hunky-dory as social media might make it seem, at least according to the science-folks over at Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. They’re saying that those who brag the loudest are actually those who are feeling the most insecure.
The scientists call it “relationship visibility,” but we know it as that particular person on FB who’s constantly reminding everyone, all the time, that yes, they are in fact in a loving, awesome, amazing relationship. But apparently, these are actually the people who are most likely to be feeling insecure about their relationship. That’s why they feel the need to publicly assert that things are a-ok when maybe they’re actually not.
Previous studies have also linked Facebook use to life dissatisfaction because (surprise!) all those happy people posting about their perfect lives can make others feel badly about their own. Basically, social media is a performance that may or may not reflect reality, so take it all with a grain of salt.
So if it seems like one of your besties is suddenly over-posting, don’t rain on their parade: There might be more storms than rainbows beyond what meets the eye.
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