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Couples more open on social sites are much happier

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:30:00 GMT | By ANI

New York: A new study has found that people who post about their relationship on Facebook are more satisfied and secure in their marriages than those who do not.

It may seem obvious that people who are happy in their relationships will post about them more often, but now we have some scientific evidence of the connection-and a possible answer to the argument that they’re overcompensating or just looking for a self-esteem boost.

The research team, led by Laura R. Saslow a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, conducted three experiments among married Facebook users over the age of 18, reports the Huffington Post.

The first experiment showed that those who often posted a picture of themselves and their spouse as their Facebook profile picture were more likely to report being happy in their relationship.

The second experiment indicated that participants who reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and closeness with their partner were much more likely to have posted a profile picture that featured their spouse in the last year.

And the third experiment found that participants were more likely to post information about their relationship on Facebook on days when they were feeling particularly satisfied with their marriage.

“It makes sense that someone who’s happier with their life would post these kinds of pictures to show off their relationship,” study co-author Amy Muise said in an interview for Canada.

The study is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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