Study: Too Many Facebook Selfies Could Harm Your Relationship

C. Price

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C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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Selfies, those self-taken photographs often snapped while staring into a bathroom mirror, have become sort of a calling card for Internet dating, social media and essentially introducing one’s self to the world.

However, new research finds these types of photos can ultimately have a negative impact on relationships near and far.

Researchers from the United Kingdom evaluated people’s posting habits, particularly in regards to self photographs, and compared those against their partner’s.

They found those who frequently post selfies tend to feel less supported in the relationship compared to their other half.

“Those who frequently post selfies tend to

feel less supported in the relationship.”

In most cases, their partner was found to post more pictures of friends and family rather than themselves.

“It’s worth remembering that the information we post to our ‘friends’ on Facebook actually gets viewed by lots of different categories of people – partners, family, colleagues and acquaintances – and each group seems to take a different view of the information shared,” said lead researcher Dr. David Houghton, from Birmingham Business School.

The findings also revealed people tend to negatively judge those who photograph themselves holding a major name-brand product, though selfies were overall viewed even more harshly.

“People, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves,” Houghton said.


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