Facebook couples that post more updates may be happier

Yet another study has been released on Facebook. This research implies that those over-sharing Facebook couples may actually be as happy as they look in their constant photo updates.

Facebook couples that post more updates may be happier
Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Facebook has become a wealth of social information and discovery for psychologists — it's a way to explore a unique kind of intimacy. Taryn Hillin of Fusion has written on yet another study that implies that those over-sharing Facebook couples may actually be as happy as they look in their constant photo updates.

The study, published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture, examined 188 participants, aged 18 to 53 who were in a relationship at the time of the research. The team of researchers asked participants to rate themselves and their relationships based off of a series of statements to determine if their offline lives were as blissful as their online ones suggested.

The statements measured how capable the participants were in assessing themselves, how honest they were about their relationships, and the quality of their relationship. Then the researchers looked at participants' Facebook profiles to see how often they posted photos of themselves with their significant other, tagged them in updates, and included them in posts.

The results showed there was a higher rate of happiness between couples that posted more often, and displayed a certain degree of “relationship-awareness" as a researcher put it.

The researchers suggest that people who are open and honest in their relationships aren't afraid to share and post public declarations. Either that or making a relationship public makes couples more open and honest. However, there are often conflicting studies when it comes to Facebook. One of which says that people who post more to Facebook are depressed or lonely. To which the researchers write:

“It may be that negative or positive effects related to Facebook use are not innate to the medium itself, but rather these effects are an artifact of how people elect to use Facebook."

So, people can either choose to utilize this social tool to boost happiness or cope with loneliness, as well as myriad other things. It all depends on how you look at it.

Read more at Fusion.

Live on Thursday: Learn innovation with 3-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in America with three Michelin stars, joins Big Think Live this Thursday at 1pm ET.

Big Think LIVE

Add event to your calendar

AppleGoogleOffice 365OutlookOutlook.comYahoo

Keep reading Show less

Physicists solve a 140-year-old mystery

Scientists discover the inner workings of an effect that will lead to a new generation of devices.

Carrier-resolved photo-Hall effect.

Credit: IBM
Surprising Science
  • Researchers discover a method of extracting previously unavailable information from superconductors.
  • The study builds on a 19th-century discovery by physicist Edward Hall.
  • The research promises to lead to a new generation of semiconductor materials and devices.
Keep reading Show less

Want students to cheat less? Science says treat them justly

Students who think the world is just cheat less, but they need to experience justice to feel that way.

A student tries to cheat.

Credit: Roman Pelesh/Shutterstock
Surprising Science
  • Students in German and Turkish universities who believed the world is just cheated less than their pessimistic peers.
  • The tendency to think the world is just is related to the occurence of experiences of justice.
  • The findings may prove useful in helping students adjust to college life.
Keep reading Show less

A key COVID-19 immune response in children has been identified

This could change how researchers approach vaccine development.

A South Korean child wears a mask to prevent catching the coronavirus (COVID-19) while riding a scooter on February 27, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
  • The reason children suffer less from the novel coronavirus has remained mysterious.
  • Researchers identified a cytokine, IL-17A, which appears to protect children from the ravages of COVID-19.
  • This cytokine response could change how researchers approach vaccine development.
Keep reading Show less
Scroll down to load more…