People suffering from low self-esteem are more likely to post their relationship status on Facebook, a new study has found.
A report from Brunel University, published Friday, found that the popular Facebook “relationship status” feature was used by individuals with low self-esteem to generate attention to distract from their own feelings.
“People with low self-esteem are more likely to see the advantage of self-disclosing on Facebook rather than in person,” the report said.
However, rather than providing a boost of self-confidence, the romantic status posts “tend to be perceived as less likeable,” it added.
Data collected from a sample of 555 Facebook users took into account the frequency with which users engaged with the social network, whether or not they were involved in a relationship and the amount of time they spent checking Facebook.
“Sixty-five percent of participants were currently involved in a romantic relationship, and 34 percent had at least one child,” the report said.