People who are insecure about their romantic relationship are more likely to use Facebook to harass their exes online, scientists have confirmed.
They are also the most likely to share personal information in excess and create a false impression of themselves through their social media accounts.
According to the latest findings, Facebook users with high levels of attachment anxiety are also the most likely to compare with other online users.
Researchers hope that highlighting these links will help people consider how they feel before logging into a social network, such as Facebook.
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People who are insecure about their romantic relationship are more likely to use Facebook to harass their exes online, scientists have confirmed. They are also the most likely to share excess personal information and create a false impression of themselves through social networks (stock)
The study of the NUI Galway School of Psychology found that adults in insecure relationships can use Facebook to fulfill their attachment needs.
This is particularly the case for people with low self-esteem, or for people who experience high levels of psychological distress, including anxiety and depression.
The researchers asked 717 adult Facebook users to complete a series of questionnaires, according to a study published in the journal BMC Psychology.
People with high levels of attachment anxiety were more likely to be compared to other users of social networks, which is known as social comparison.
According to the scientists, these users were also the most likely to carefully curate their own online image, known as impression management.
When Facebook users were in a high emotional state, they were more likely to disclose personal information in social media posts.
These people were more likely to use the site intrusively, in a way that meant it affected their sleep, work and social relationships.
People with high levels of evasion of attachments were more likely to participate in managing impressions on Facebook.
They also had a greater tendency to use the site intrusively, to the detriment of their offline social relations.
The study of the NUI Galway School of Psychology found that adults in insecure relationships can use Facebook to fulfill their attachment needs. Researchers hope the findings will help people consider how they feel before logging into a social network (stock)
"Our study is the first to apply attachment theory to better understand why people can interact with Facebook in a problematic way," said Dr. Sally Flynn, lead author of the study.
"Our findings suggest that Facebook can be used by some to meet fundamental attachment needs, especially for those with low self-esteem, who are experiencing psychological distress."
As with all investigations, the team behind the study admits that it has limitations and does not necessarily reflect cause and effect.
"The study may also be limited by the use of self-reported data and probabilistic sampling that have the potential to introduce a bias in the findings," Dr. Flynn added.
"While psychological distress and self-esteem provide some explanation for the association between attachment and the problematic use of Facebook, more studies are needed on a number of additional interpersonal factors relevant to attachment."
WHAT TACTICS CAN PEOPLE USE TO STOP TRAPPING?
Researchers at the University of New Brunswick asked 362 heterosexual adults how they had avoided the temptations to cheat while in a relationship.
1. & # 39; Improvement of the relationship & # 39;
75% of the survey respondents, who were between 19 and 63 years old, selected "relationship improvement" as his main tactic.
This ploy included things like taking your date to a date, making an extra effort with your appearance around you, or having more sex with them.
2. "Proactive avoidance"
The second most popular was "proactive avoidance," which involved keeping distance from temptation.
In addition to physically avoiding temptation, people also avoided engaging in conversation with that person.
3. – Repeal of temptation & # 39;
The third and last tactic used by people was the "derogation from temptation," which implied feelings of guilt and negative thinking about the tempting person.
The participants reported that they flirted less when they applied the final "dethronement of temptation" strategy.
But none of the strategies had an effect on the levels of romantic infidelity, sexual infidelity and if the relationship survived.
Psychologist Dr. Alex Fradera, who was not involved in the research, said the findings show that little can be done once feelings of temptation have infiltrated.