BY JESSICA CHANDRA
And your social media usage in general (of course)
As we all know, romantic relationships are much more complicated these days compared to when our grandparents, or even our parents, were courting each other.
Now a recent study published in the journal Telematics and Informatics, and reported by PsyPost, says your social media usage, and even the amount of selfies you post, could be doing your relationship harm.
The study, which gathered results from two online surveys completed by 305 adults in Chile over a two-year period, found that the more people in relationships posted selfies and used social media, the more jealous the partners became.
How? Aside from reducing the quality of the romantic relationship because you’re more engaged with your screen than with your partner, if you’re spending more time on social media, you’re spending more time editing your profile—that thing we all do because we’re all presenting our best selves.
This would make you more attractive to other people, and potentially more likely to leave your relationship because you have more options available. It basically breeds insecurity.
However, the study doesn’t mention anything about couples using social media to share their loved-up selfies with the world—which can’t have too much of a negative impact on a relationship, probably just for the people who hide you from their Facebook feeds… The study also fails to mention the nature of the relationships, or any gender specifics of the adults involved, which, if analysed, could present trends.
At the end of the day, we’ve read about enough studies about social media usage in general to know that we should be pulling back anyway. But if your partner has a problem with that hot selfie you posted, instead of being proud (obviously depending on the nature of the photo), it might be time to have a chat.
This article originally appeared on www.elle.com.au