In Pursuit of ‘Tagged’ Happiness: Are couples as happy as they appear on Social Networking?

| Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 13:20
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Are couples as happy as on Social Networking?

It may seem that Aphrodite has cast her spell already for every morning in your life begins with going through your friends’ wall posts and pictures on Facebook and Instagram that show how madly they are in love with their respective partners.

A recent study conducted by University of Houston also depicts that couples who flaunt how happy they are with their partners through pictures or messages on Facebook are actually more satisfied with their partners than those who do not, catering to the doubts of many.

The study which examined the social media habits of 188 students in relationships appeared online in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

"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," Steers added.

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

In addition to the research, asking some of the University students at New Delhi also made brilliant responses to come out.

“If I have a sole reason to go to the college everyday which keeps me revived and hopeful, why won’t I be letting the world know about it? I love to flaunt my relationship with my boyfriend and so I post our pictures regularly”, said a fourth semester student.

“I used to date a girl and post her pictures on Instagram because we were having a good time back then. Even if we aren’t together anymore, the fact that we were happy together doesn’t change”, said another student from South Delhi.

The researchers of the study further said, "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." 

“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 added.

The couples do not mind if you are reluctant to ‘like’ their happiness but when you do, it is surely a moment of joy and wonder to behold!

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