Love in social networks: low self-esteem or the greatest happiness?

Such online friends will almost certainly have everyone. It takes a remarkable endurance, not to remove them from your friends list, because such publications in the news feed, let's be honest, annoying - and the number and content. Well, you love each other, as well as on health, but why blow it on the entire Internet?

Love in social networks: low self-esteem or the greatest happiness?

Albums of dozens of photographs in which he happy and she kissing, holding hands, walking through the park, or coo at a table in a cafe. Exclamations: "I think it happens only in the movies!" "Never more so happy !!" "Let this tale never ends !!!" - and the sea, "likes", hearts, smiley and enthusiastic comments on pages to each other. Such online friends will almost certainly have everyone. It takes a remarkable endurance, not to remove them from your friends list, because such publications in the news feed, let's be honest, annoying - and the number and content. Well, you love each other, as well as on health, but why blow it on the entire Internet?

Love in social networks: low self-esteem or the greatest happiness?

And the truth is: why?

It tried to find a team of scientists from the College Albright in Reading (USA) headed by psychologist Gwendolyn Seidman. They examined a group of volunteers with the experience of a romantic relationship between one month and 30 years. Subjects reported satisfaction with their relationships, as well as associated with a partner online habits: joint publication of photos, regular visits to each other's pages in social networks, the tendency to put "likes" and comments Activity in these pages. In parallel, participants in the experiment were tests that were supposed to assess their traits, known in psychology as "the big five" qualities that define human personality: extraversion / introversion, friendliness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience. The first finding of the study was quite predictable. To the online demonstration of loving feelings are more prone people with low self-esteem. More precisely, those whose self-esteem is strongly dependent on the opinions of others. For such people, it is extremely important social approval. Demonstrating the social networks that their relationship is in order, they thus tend to show that in order and themselves.

Less obvious was another result. As it turned out, introverts show their romantic feelings in social networks is stronger than extroverts. In a sense, this is contrary to the findings of several previous studies that have shown that extroverts and the Internet are more active and sociable. But Gwendolyn Seidman suggests that the explanation may be that extroverts have more opportunities (and greater skill) to talk about their love relationship in direct, real communication. Introverts same social circle who has known, more comfortable to talk about such intimate sphere as romantic feelings online.

Finally, there is one conclusion that may soften the skeptics and force them to look at the full publication loving tenderness friends more leniently. The study found that the people who are inclined to show their love relationship in social networks, and in real life were more satisfied with these relations. In other words, "sweet" pictures, passionate mutual recognition and incessant "likes" each other does not necessarily mean that their authors seek to increase self-esteem or shy to express their feelings in real life. It is likely, they are just very, very happy. http://www.newswise.com/articles/are-lovey-dovey-facebook-couples-all-they-seem?ret=/articles/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3180765/