Post Too Many Selfies? Your Relationship May Flare Out
Admit it. Who isn't a little sick of all the selfies? People eating in restaurants. Pouring wine. Throwing a snowball (that's just in the Northeast). A Real Housewife who claims she has Lyme disease posting IVs and other medical appliances plugged into her pasty body.
Now a new study is finding that too many can plug up your romantic life, too.
Researchers have found that too many Instagram selfies may create romantic conflict, according to newswise.com. Florida State University researchers have discovered the more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience romantic relationship conflict and dissolution.
“Although we cannot directly assume cause and effect due to the correlational nature of this study, the results here show that body image satisfaction can be detrimental to Instagram users’ romantic relationships, especially when users’ body image satisfaction is promoted in the form of Instagram selfie posts,” Russell Clayton, an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University, says.
The study contributes to a growing body of scholarly literature that has examined the predictors and consequences associated with using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, newswise.com reports.
With an online survey of 420 Instagram users between the ages of 18 to 62, the researchers found that Instagram selfie posting is associated with and predicted by an individual’s overall body image satisfaction. In other words, those who think they look good are more likely to post selfies.
However, Instagram selfie posting behaviors were found to be associated with increased Instagram-related relationship conflict. The researchers defined Instagram-related conflict as jealousy and arguments occurring due to either or both partners’ Instagram selfie posting behaviors.
Not surprisingly, Instagram-related conflict was found to be associated with increased negative romantic relationship outcomes, which were defined as emotional or physical infidelity, breakup and divorce.
So watch what you post.