Public display of affection on the Internet may seem like harmless fun, but turns out it could be a sign of insecurity in one’s relationship.
From morning selfies in the bedroom to posting affirmations of love on your anniversary date, a new study has found a correlation between attachment and visibility on social media---more specifically Facebook.
“People often attempt to shape others’ perceptions of them, but the role of romantic relationships in this process is unknown,” the study reads.
“The present set of studies investigates relationship visibility, the centrality of relationships in the self-images that people convey to others. We propose that attachment underlies relationship visibility and test this hypothesis across three studies in the context of Facebook.”
The study identifies two types of individuals: avoidant and anxious.
“Avoidant individuals showed low desire for relationship visibility, whereas anxious individuals reported high desired visibility; however, similar motives drove both groups’ actual relationship visibility,” the study says.
“Moreover, both avoidant individuals and their partners were less likely to make their relationships visible. On a daily basis, when people felt more insecure about their partner’s feelings, they tended to make their relationships visible. These studies highlight the role of relationships in how people portray themselves to others.”
As the adage goes, everything that glitters isn’t gold. Looks like being too public with your relationship is a sign of trouble in paradise.