It knows when they’re falling in love, and it knows when they’re falling out of love.
Researchers surveyed a small group of volunteers in relationships ranging from one month to 30 years in duration about their satisfaction and relationship-related Facebook habits, including how often they posted couple photos and how much they interacted with their partners’ pages.
Separately, they used a self-reporting personality test to assess participants’ personalities based on five traits: extroversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, comprising what’s known to psychologists as the “Big Five.”Logically, it makes sense that relationship-contingent self-esteem, or RCSE, which has previously been linked to lower overall self-esteem and higher social anxiety, could lead someone to seek validation by systematically “liking” each of their partner’s status updates or insisting on making things Facebook official: “There is positive correlation between your self-esteem being contingent on relationships and it being contingent on other things external to you (e.g., others' approval),” lead study author Gwendolyn Seidman told me in an email.
Actors Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman sat down to reminisce about their time on the smash Disney TV movie on Sunday as they taped a special for a 10-year anniversary broadcast.
Time flies: High School Musical cast members, from left, Corbin Blue, Monique Coleman, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel and Ashley Tisdale sat down to relive their HSM memories for a 10-year anniversary special Zac, who has worked hard to shed his teen heartthrob image over the years, has been busy filming the sequel to Neighbors as well as upcoming comedy Dirty Grandpa, and has signed on for the new Baywatch movie.
But chances are you know these things anyway, because Facebook knows them, too.
As it turns out, Facebook knows a lot of things about its users’ romantic lives.
The luckiest girl in the world and the best boyfriend ever may just be posting their romantic bliss all over the place because they really, truly are that happy.
Relationship-contingent self-esteem didn’t necessarily mean the relationship itself was lacking; in fact, the same people who posted couple-y items more frequently also tended to be satisfied with their partners than those who did not.“I think a lot of people think, ‘Oh, it’s all phony,” Seidman said.
“I think they’d be surprised to hear that it is associated with being genuinely happy in their relationships.”In other words—to the sure disappointment of many a cynic—when it comes to romance, the oversharers may not be trying to compensate for anything.