Facebook, a gift (or a curse) Mark Zuckerburg gave us to share our personal routine with friends and family,our good news when we find love ! But when we post about our love life, what insight do we give our friends into us ?
This is just the subject of a new paper in personal relationships. In this study researchers created various imaginary Facebook profiles, some of them had ‘relfies’ as a profile picture while others had statuses like “Pining away for Jordan … I just love you so much I can’t stand it!”
Then study participants were asked to assess how happy the fictional characters relationships are ,the results came up pretty surprising.
The more couply the pair seemed, the happier participants saw the relationship. In other words, people believe what you decide to reveal to them.
The more surprising part is that this believe is not misplaced, well at least the majority of times. Researched compared 200 couples happiness in Facebook and in real life and found out that Facebook’s display of affection is actually correlated with the couple’s actual happiness in the relationship.
Another important finding of this study is the correlation between the likeability of a couple and the amount of happiness they convey in their Facebook profiles, people feel happy when seeing others happy, but not (too happy) though as the participants did not appreciate people posting a steady flow of lovesick posts excessively as they thought of them as not fun to hang out with.
This brings about another problematic about Facebook and happiness. The more time a person spends on Facebook, the more likely they are to suffer from physical and mental health problems like depression, a study shows.although, it’s unclear which one is the cause and which one is the consequence.