The couple you love to hate on Facebook; you know, the ones who always overshare about their ~sUpEr SpEcIaL~ love—like, one of them takes a crap and the other immediately posts to Facebook to applaud how well their lubby hubby takes a shit. "Congrats to my perfect boo who just took the world's most glorious bowel movement! #soproud #myhusbandrocks #loveyabb." Anyway, those awful people are actually more likely to stay together than those of us who would rather keep our most intimate moments just that, intimate.
The research, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, And Social Networking, studied the online behavior of 180 coupled undergrads, as well as the longevity of their relationships. They observed how many photos the couples posted of their partners, whether they marked that they were "in a relationship," frequency of wall posts on each other's walls, and the number of mutual friends. Then, they waited six months to see who was still in a relationship.
It turns out, the people who shared a more prolific online love life together, stayed together more often than those who didn't. The factors that mattered the most were indicating that you were "in a relationship," and having a bunch of photos together. Those are the two main Facebook indicators of lasting love—online and off.
It's interesting, but also these are young people (more likely to spend more of their life online than us Olds) and six months is a relatively short amount of time for a relationship. I'd like to see a longer study conducted with people who are out of college; it might paint a different picture.
My personal experience has been that the people who post the most about how much they looooOOooove their significant others are often hanging on by a thread in their IRL relationship—they doth protest too much, ya know? Although there's nothing wrong with showing your partner a little TLC online, maybe it's best not to overdo it with status updates about their bathroom habits. But what do I know? Maybe if my husband did that, we'd be more in love than ever?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.