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Being Mushy on Facebook a Sign of True Love
By: Jessica Cherok
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People who are in love are gross. Not really, but it's certainly tiring to scroll through your Facebook feed and see all of the happy, loving couples gushing about their relationships. In fact, you may even be inclined to assume some of them are lying about their happiness.

That may be true for some of the romantic posts. After all, people like to make their lives seem better when posting online. But for many couples, posting mushy updates on social media actually helps them maintain happy relationships.

According to research, couples who update their relationship status, post on each others' wall, and post photos have higher levels of commitment to each other, as well as maintain relationships longer. By sharing their relationship happiness with others, couples fared better in the long run, both in stability and happiness. The so-called broadcasting is evidence of relationship health.

But the act of posting does not, in and of itself, make the relationship better. Couples' commitment to each other leads to more posting. More posting does not lead to more commitment.

Certainly, it's nice to hear about successful relationships on Facebook for a change, rather than the usual "social media was the downfall of my marriage."

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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