A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests those couples might actually be on to something. The more couples post about their relationship, the happier they may be, according to researchers.
Assistant professor Catalina Toma and co-author Mina Choi wanted to look at the relationship between contentment and social media posting. For this study, they asked 212 college-aged, heterosexual couples to answer a series of questions, while not revealing that their Facebook pages would also play a role in the research. Then, Toma and Choi tracked their Facebook posts for six months. At the end of the period, they got back in touch with the couples and had them fill out another questionnaire.
“The more participants listed themselves as ‘in a relationship’’ with their partners, shared dyadic photographs, and wrote messages on their partner’s wall, the more commitment they experienced,” write the authors.
Thus being said, couples that show their affection and declare their love for one another via Facebook, probably do have a relationship as awesome as they show they have. So remember, next time you see your friends post mushy-gushy pictures and love quotes on their wall, be happy for them!