Everyone has that friend that constantly posts, "I am the luckiest person in the whole world <3 <3 <3" and, "I love my baby," and, "I have the best boyfriend." Yes, that person is super obnoxious, but they also might be really insecure about their relationship [via Medical Daily]. A new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found a positive correlation between relationship anxiety and the tendency to fill up everyone's news feed with #blessed-captioned pictures of their significant other.
Users who were feeling down about their relationship found validation in posting to Facebook. The reasoning was twofold: People can "pretend" their relationship is going well, and likes and positive comments can also boost their self-esteem. Basically, if they act like their relationship is perfect, eventually it will be.
That doesn't mean you need to text your friend asking if everything is OK whenever they post a cute picture of their SO. But those couples that seem like they have these perfectly curated dating lives might really be overcompensating. At the very least, they might want to dial things back instead of posting how much they love each other 10 times a day. It certainly couldn't hurt, and I'm sure none of their Facebook friends would complain.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.