Do you know anyone who just can't get off Facebook? A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences has found that it might be because they're insecure.
Researchers at Union College in Schenectady, New York, performed the study with a sample size of 600 people ages 18-83 across two separate surveys. The surveys asked questions about the participants' tendencies in close relationships and their Facebook habits.
The study suggests that there are two kinds of Facebook users: People with high attachment to Facebook and people with low attachment to the social network.
Can you guess which group is insecure?
Higher attachment to Facebook, according to the study, indicates that the person "worries that other people don't love them as much as they want to be loved." So they turn to "feedback seeking" on Facebook.
Feedback seeking is a scientific term for posting a look-at-me status. Higher-attachment users check Facebook for likes and comments from their friends more often than low-attachment users.
If the likes don't come, then higher-attachment Facebook users get anxious.
Dr. Joshua Hart, leader of the study, explained why his results aren't surprising to the Daily Mail:
These studies are consistent with many people's intuitions that some individuals use Facebook to fulfill emotional and relationship needs that are unmet in the "real" world.
Kinda depressing, huh?
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