The study enlisted married Facebookusers over the age of 18 and conducted three experiments. The first experimentrevealed that those who frequently posted pictures of themselves and theirspouse as their Facebook profile picture were more likely to report being happyin their relationships. The second study found that participants who posted dyadic profile pictures on Facebook within the last year reported higher levelsof romantic satisfaction and interconnectedness. The third study showed thatparticipants were more likely to share information about their relationship onFacebook on days when they felt more satisfied. Well, aren’t we all just stoked.
As if they needed more ammunition to defend blowingup my newsfeed gushing about their significant other, a recent study conducted by theUniversity of California San Francisco found that people who post about theirrelationship on Facebook report greater satisfaction and security in theirmarriages than those who don’t.
“It makes sense that someone who’shappier with their life would post these kinds of pictures to show off theirrelationship,” said study co-author Amy Muise in aninterview for Canada.com.
Key words: show off.
Come on, people. While it isperfectly understandable, particularly in the honeymoon stage, that you wouldwant to shout from the proverbial mountaintop about your relationship, DON’T.
Seriously,we don’t care. Seeing the two of you swathed in bed sheets or at the hospitalwith your fresh-out-of-the-cooch creature (yes, I say creature because a totalof 0.001 percent of newborns are cute—or even distinguishable) is giving us morningsickness. Cease and desist.
Now, before you reduce this well-intentionedaddress to a tirade by a single, cynical cat-lady-in-the-making, understandthat these are not the musings of a cyber third wheel. I’m happily committed—andit is this immutable sense of security that bars me from this sort ofover-sharing. While I would not go so far as to say you are overcompensating(but, um, you might be overcompensating), I would level that a relationship should bebetween two people—not two people and your 1,762 Facebook friends.
Images: Computer image and touch pad on Flickr; Facebook relationships on Flickr