Do you sit for hours sifting through your ex's photos and status updates on Facebook? Researchers from the University of Hawaii and Ohio State University have been studying people who obsess on social media after their relationships end.
The academics discovered that people who are anxious about their relationships are hurt more when they end, and those people are more likely to use Facebook to stalk their exes. They also found that behavior after a relationship ends is detrimental to the mental health of the one obsessing.
"The present results suggest that individuals most traumatized by a breakup are most likely to monitor their ex-partners online, which previous research indicates may further postpone their emotional recovery," they wrote in a study. "Practically, this finding indicates that individuals experiencing a high level of distress from a break-up should consider disconnecting from the ex-partner."
We could have guessed that Facebook stalking isn't a mentally healthy pastime, but now there's academic proof. If you're having this issue, you're best off just unfriending or blocking your ex on Facebook. You'll be happier in the end.