Are you going through a rocky and failed romantic relationship? Check if you have suddenly started uploading more selfies on the social media.
According to researchers from Florida State University, more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience conflict in romantic relationship.
“The results show that body image satisfaction can be detrimental to Instagram users’ romantic relationships, especially when users’ body image satisfaction is promoted in the form of Instagram selfie posts,” explained lead author Jessica Ridgway and assistant professor Russell Clayton.
The duo teamed up to examine the predictors and consequences associated with Instagram selfie posting.
With an online survey of 420 Instagram users between the ages of 18 to 62, the researchers found that Instagram selfie posting is associated with and predicted by an individual’s overall body image satisfaction.In other words, those who think they look good are more likely to post selfies.
However, Instagram selfie posting behaviours were found to be associated with increased Instagram-related relationship conflict.
The researchers defined Instagram-related conflict as jealousy and arguments occurring due to either or both partners’ Instagram selfie posting behaviours.
Not surprisingly, Instagram-related conflict was found to be associated with increased negative romantic relationship outcomes, which were defined as emotional or physical infidelity, breakup and divorce.