Most people will admit they are addicted to Facebook, but not everyone will admit they use the site to check up on their significant others or potential mates.
A new study by University of Guelph Ontario, called, “More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?” finds Facebook contributes uniquely to feelings of jealousy.
Study found the social networking site can contribute to a “negative feedback loop,” where the user logs on and sees exchanged messages or photos and because of what they see, they log on more frequently to monitor the communication.
Study reveals that the availability of information plays a huge role in the outcome. The open nature of Facebook exposes people to information and exchanges about their partner they would not otherwise see.
Dr. Howard Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Denver who is sometimes referred to as “Dr. Love” by colleagues, said:
“There is no doubt there is more to negotiate. It’s kind of like nuclear energy. It can be used for good, but there is a lot of potential for danger”.
To avoid that danger Markman says face-to-face communication is critical, He Continues: “Fighting about Facebook can be hard, but people need to learn how to talk and openly handle what’s going on and learn how to set some boundaries about what is acceptable and what is not”.
Glen Gilbert, who recently ended a three-year relationship, says he used facebook to see who is ex-girlfriend was adding as friends, who she had pictures with and her interactions with other users.
He said: “Right after she broke up with me, I stalked her profile, and when I saw her with other men, it hurt”.
Even before the break up, Gilbert says conversations about the same topics would come up and sometimes be a point of conflict. He said: “When I came across pictures of her with other men, I would ask who the guy was, just insecurity on my part. It didn’t lead to the break up, but it definitely caused tension”.
And we all know Gilbert is not the only one constantly logging on to a romantic partner’s page and feeling jealous.