Declaring your relationship status on Facebook
In the olden days, sneaking a peak at someone’s ring finger was how people snooped whether someone was married or single. Now, it’s Facebook. The relationship status section gives this information away easily and freely.
Unsurprisingly, the info is not always reliable.
A recent study1 examines the difference between people who are actually in a relationship and declare they’re in some sort of a relationship as opposed to ones who subversively indicate they’re “single” or leave the box empty.
This study took place in Hungary. The authors found 292 people who were dating or living together with a partner. Then they divided them into individuals with the following displays in Facebook:
1) “in a relationship” (61%)
2) “engaged” (4%)
3) “married” (9%)
4) nothing in the relationship box (23%)
5) “single” (3%)
The first three displays (in blue) are of individuals who display “togetherness” with their partner. The last two displays (in orange) are of individuals who do not show “togetherness” with their partner.
The results show that people who advertise their togetherness show a deepened love with their partner as opposed to those who do not. This deepened love was measured with a scale that takes into account attachment, caring, and intimacy. So – it seems that declaring one’s relationship on Facebook can reflect a new dimension in a couple’s relationship.
I better check to see what hubby’s relationship status is on his Facebook page.
1 Orosz, G., Szekeres, A., Kiss, Z. G., Farkas, & Roland-Lévy, C. (2015). Elevated romantic love and jealousy if relationship status is declared on Facebook. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-6.