You know those couples who seem to post nonstop on Facebook about how happy and in love they are with each other? Did you ever think (or hope) their excessive love show was just a cover for some serious relationship problems? Well, according to science, that is not the case. A new study suggests couples who flaunt their happy relationships online are usually just that — happy.
So I don’t know about you, but I get a ton of these nauseating couple posts on my wall daily. When a holiday like Valentine’s Day draws near, forget it. I simply have to go off the Book for a few days so as not to suffocate under all the cute. I also have to admit I’ve had those fleeting thoughts (wishes) that these people who shout to their friend universe how beautiful/sweet/wonderful/smart/amazing their significant other is on the regular were doing so to cover up a major issue behind closed relationship doors. I mean, isn’t that why people proclaim they’re having a bad day on social media? It’s a cry for help, right?
Well, in this case, apparently not. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Houston conducted a study about relationship behavior on Facebook and found these oversharing couples may be just as happy as their gross statuses suggest. Well good for them!
The way they conducted this particular relationship study was relatively simple. They interviewed 188 “involved” students and asked them about their lives, including specific questions about their relationships with significant others. Then they monitored each student’s Facebook activity to see how their answers matched up with their social media behavior.
The results were, in my opinion, irritating. If you’re a Facebook flaunter (aka you put out a high volume of posts about your SO or relationship in general), it is likely you’re quite content in it. The study saw this as a strong correlation between “relationship awareness” (overposting) and “relationship quality” (actual observed feelings).
Head researcher Mai-Ly N. Steers comments in the study, “Posting about one’s relationship on Facebook may be positively related to the quality of the relationship because it symbolizes making a public commitment to the relationship. […] An individual is highlighting to themselves and to others that the relationship is an integral part of his or her self.” In other words, if you’re proud of your relationship, you want to tell everyone about it. And what better place to do that than a public forum of “friends” who will, in turn, feel obligated to “like” any affirmation you make?
I hate to say it, but the study’s conclusion makes perfect sense. However, my frustration with these disgusting couples will not be quelled so easily so, here’s my list of the top six most irritating Facebook relationship flaunters you may encounter on a daily basis.
1. The creative kissers
Those couples who always post shots of themselves kissing in either interesting ways (i.e., doing yoga poses) or in exciting places (i.e., Costa Rica). Either way, they’re bragging about more than just love here — they’re also throwing things like natural ability and means to travel to exotic places at you. Thanks, guys. If your wedding’s in Bali, I’m not coming.
2. The fancy foodies
Not only are they blissfully happy eating at the restaurant of the week — they want us all to see just what beautiful and delicious food we’re missing! The tagline under the perfectly Instagrammed dish is always something like, “Date night with the bae at our new favorite restaurant! Prosecco and oysters!” Yuck.
3. The Oscar thank-you speeches
These are those little “I did it, and I couldn’t have done it without my rock” speeches you see on Facebook. It’s that status where someone had a particularly awesome day and wanted to make it seem like it wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t have their SO in their life. Then they just drown in a Game of Thrones-themed love puddle of their own making. Me, I just like to thank the Academy and get the heck off the stage.
4. The gift givers
You know who they are. They’re the ones always giving gifts to each other on any ol’ day just because. But they can’t leave it at that. They must post a picture on Facebook to show everyone just how awesome either they are for giving said gift or, on the other end, how awesome their SO is for giving them that gift. All I have to say is, flowers on a Tuesday and it’s not my birthday? Something’s been broken, injured or cheated on.
5. The #blessed’s
Every update is about how their SO has not only made their lives better but made them better people. Oh, and also, each day is filled with small acts of affection that just make life that much more wonderful. Example: “I came home to find the trash had been taken out and all the poop had been scooped from the cat box. I have the best hubby ever!” #blessed #catpoopisgross.
6. The engagement/wedding brag
These seem to be particularly plentiful and ongoing this month for some reason. From pics of couples at weddings, to months/days/hours countdowns, to those couples’ own weddings, to “creative” engagement photos, once you hit your mid-20s, you will never escape the marriage-inclined couples. I honestly didn’t think it was possible to see as many Beyoncé-inspired engagement announcements in one lifetime as I have.