Facebook fosters jealousy says study
Results of a new study show that time spent on Facebook and other social sites can foster jealousy among college students. The result is more time spent searching social sites for clues about a romantic partner’s behavior, leading to a vicious and escalating cycle that promotes more jealousy. Searching social sites like Facebook can then become addictive says the study.
The findings are published in the journal CyberPsychology & Behavior. Searching social sites for a romantic partner was found to promote feeling of jealousy perhaps from too much information about a romantic partner.
Following a partner on social sites led to increased surveillance, that some described as “addictive”.
The study, led by Amy Muise, MSc, Emily Christofides, MSc, and Serge Desmarais, PhD, from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), shows that more research might be needed to find out how social sites like Facebook might negatively impact relationships among older adults as well.
The findings show that social sites might be promoting jealousy and suspicion, “above and beyond personal relationship factors”.
Public information gleaned from Facebook and other social sites allows others to view changes in profiles, addition of new friends, and other information that fosters jealousy among college age students.
Comments from participants of their research include, ‘‘it definitely invokes a false sense of jealousy. ‘Another participant explains,’ I was already a bit jealous and insecure, but I think that Facebook has definitely made me much worse.’’ Another participant, recently broken up with her boyfriend, stated, ‘‘It’s addictive…I always find myself going on there checking new pictures and screening them. I can’t help it!’
Social networking sites such as Facebook are designed to foster relationships, not promote jealousy. However, for some individuals involved in sex and romance, time spent on Facebook only leads to an addictive cycle of time spent searching for information about their partners.