Social Networks Trigger Jealousy


Canadian scientists claim that social networks may trigger jealousy in newly met partners. Searching for “exposing” information becomes a kind of narcotic. Trying to find the partner cheating, the other begins to spend increasingly more time online.

This study has been published in the journal CyberPsychology and Behaviour. The scientists found out the more time the partners spend surfing Facebook, the more jealous and suspicious they feel about each other. The journal Rapid Communication has arrived at the same conclusion. It writes about how jealousy and the need to spend as much time online as possible could become tangled.

The devastating mechanism is very simple in its action. One of the partners (usually a woman), curious to know more about her partner, meticulously checks his page where she is very likely to find photos and messages from other women.

It doesn’t matter how long ago those messages were posted because the woman feels sour just about the fact that her partner had relationship with anybody else. Even if she knew that her boyfriend used to go out with dozens of women, she is very disappointed at seeing their happy faces. Think what happens if she dug some fresh information, her jealousy gets sparked and burns everything to the ground.

The fact is many women are not ready to share their fears on their partner. As they fear to seem being weak, dependent or too much in love, they lock their worries within and trust their partner less.

Obviously, this kind of relationship cannot last as it exhausts both partners.

In this situation, even some minor argument would be enough for falling out. Researchers believe this is related to younger partners. How social networks affect older people is now unknown. Studies on this are only being planned.

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