Online boasting means low self-esteem

Do you regularly post pictures of yourself and your partner on Facebook?

Do you leave love notes on your partner’s wall or regularly publicise how wonderful he or she is?

You might want to rethink that strategy. A recent study conducted at the Albright College in Pennsylvania, shows people with low self-esteem are more likely to boast their relationship online. The study was conducted among people in relationships ranging from 1 month to a 30 years, The Atlantic reports.

They are more inclined to share cute selfies of themselves and their partner on social media along with public declarations of their love.

Posts such about "the best boyfriend in the world!” and other OTT messages are typical examples of someone lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem.

The study also shows introverts are more inclined to boast about their relationship, while extroverts are happier sharing information face-to-face with others.

Neurotic people are also more likely to monitor their partner’s activities on Facebook.

According to the researchers this is because couples use Facebook to minimise or ignore their fears and feelings of rejection.

“These results suggest that [these people] need to show others, their partners and perhaps themselves that their relationship is okay, thus, they’re okay,” Albright assistant professor of psychology, Gwendolyn Seidman, says.

- Joanie Bergh


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