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Are couples as happy as they appear on Facebook?

Whether you like it or not, couples who flaunt how happy they are with their partners through selfies, pictures, or text messages on Facebook are actually more satisfied with their partners than those who do not, says a study.

sex and relationships Updated: Feb 18, 2015 16:47 IST
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Whether you "like" it or not, couples who flaunt how happy they are with their partners through selfies, pictures, or text messages on Facebook are actually more satisfied with their partners than those who do not, says a study.

"Posting about one's relationship on Facebook may be positively related to the quality of the relationship because it symbolises making a public commitment to the relationship," said lead author Mai-Ly Steers from University of Houston.

"In making a public commitment to the relationship, an individual is highlighting to themselves and to others that the relationship is an integral part of his or her self," she added.

The study examined the social media habits of 188 students in relationship.

Those students who were regularly sharing couple's selfies and checking in at dates were happiest in their current relationship, the findings showed.

"Our findings suggest that those high in relationship authenticity may be more intrinsically motivated to express themselves as part of a couple on Facebook, which in turn may affect their global relationship functioning," the researchers said.

Recent literature has also provided evidence that online behaviours may be a manifestation of off-line cognitions; furthermore online self-presentations may shape off-line outcomes, they said.

The study appeared online in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.