We’ve all got that one friend who posts a million photos of her with the ‘love of her life’ boyfriend. Whether they’re out in da club, having a picnic in the park, or simply ditching their broken tumble dryer at the dump – there’s always a selfie or a cutesie status about love, and happiness, and blah blah blah.
But guess what… a new study has shown that there’s a fairly good chance they don’t actually like each other that much!
According to sexologist Nikki Goldstein, the couples who bang on about how happy they are are probably seeking ‘likes’ to make themselves feel better about their crummy relationship.
Nikki told the Mail Online: “Often it’s the people who post the most who are seeking validation for their relationship from other people on social media.
“The likes and comments can be so validating that when someone is really struggling, that’s where they get their up from – not the person making the gesture, but what other people will say about it.”
And worryingly, it can also be an indicator that one partner aka the one doing all the social media bragging is controlling and possessive.
This isn’t the first time results like this have shown up in a study – previous research from Brunel University found that people who posted frequently about their romantic partner often had low self-esteem.
By Anna Lewis