Can You Tell That I’m in a Relationship? Attachment and Relationship Visibility on Facebook

@article{Emery2014CanYT,
  title={Can You Tell That I’m in a Relationship? Attachment and Relationship Visibility on Facebook},
  author={Lydia F. Emery and Amy Muise and Emily L. Dix and Benjamin Le},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  year={2014},
  volume={40},
  pages={1466 - 1479}
}
People often attempt to shape others’ perceptions of them, but the role of romantic relationships in this process is unknown. The present set of studies investigates relationship visibility, the centrality of relationships in the self-images that people convey to others. We propose that attachment underlies relationship visibility and test this hypothesis across three studies in the context of Facebook. Avoidant individuals showed low desire for relationship visibility, whereas anxious… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Do we look happy? Perceptions of romantic relationship quality on Facebook

Does the information that people share about their romantic relationships on Facebook influence how other people perceive their relationship quality? Across 2 studies, people’s accuracy at inferring

#Couplegoals: Self-Esteem, Relationship Outcomes, and the Visibility of Romantic Relationships on Social Media

Social media plays an important role in the development and maintenance of modern relationships. Previous research has investigated why dyadic couples may choose to display their relationships

Communicating Commitment: A Relationship-Protection Account of Dyadic Displays on Social Media

TLDR
A relationship-protection account of DD use on social media is proposed and tested, focusing on a social media environment, and it is predicted that relationship- protection motivation would predict DDs and that DDs would serve a relationship-protective function.

The use of Facebook in romantic relationships: An actor-partner interdependence mediation model predicting relationship visibility

The purpose of this paper was to document the use of social media in romantic relationships. More specifically, we examined whether the information that people desired to share (i.e., desired

Comparing You = Comparing Me

TLDR
The results suggest that individuals do experience partner-other comparisons as if they were directly involved, but only if their partner is incorporated into their self-identity.

Romantic Relationship-Oriented Facebook Activities and the Satisfaction of Belonging Needs

Facebook plays a role in the development and maintenance of romantic relationships. Theoretically, individuals are motivated to use Facebook in their relationships to increase feelings of

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FACEBOOK-RELATED BEHAVIORS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP

The problem of this study was to explore the relationship between Facebook-related behaviors and characteristics of romantic relationships. Based on the results of previous research, we assumed that

The Big 5 and relationship maintenance on Facebook

The current study examined associations between the Big 5, relationship maintenance activities on Facebook (public displays and partner surveillance), and Facebook-related relationship difficulties

Attachment Style and Romantic Satisfaction as Predictors of Relationship Visibility on Facebook

The current study investigates the influence of adult attachment style on romantic posting behaviors on Facebook. Attachment theory has been widely used to examine behaviors and attitudes within

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 53 REFERENCES

Can You See How Happy We Are? Facebook Images and Relationship Satisfaction

Love is often thought to involve a merging of identities or a sense that a romantic partner is part of oneself. Couples who report feeling more satisfied with their relationships also feel more

Do we look happy? Perceptions of romantic relationship quality on Facebook

Does the information that people share about their romantic relationships on Facebook influence how other people perceive their relationship quality? Across 2 studies, people’s accuracy at inferring

"Creeping" or just information seeking? Gender differences in partner monitoring in response to jealousy on Facebook

New media, such as Facebook, has implications for romantic relationships, including easing the ability to monitor a partner’s activities. Across two studies we demonstrate that in response to

"Are We Facebook Official?" Implications of Dating Partners' Facebook Use and Profiles for Intimate Relationship Satisfaction

TLDR
Male and female reports of having had disagreements over the Facebook relationship status was associated with lower level of females' but not males' relationship satisfaction, after accounting for global verbal conflict.

Revealing and Not Revealing the Status of Romantic Relationships to Social Networks

The researchers conducted retrospective interviews with 101 university-level participants to determine what they did to make their developing romantic relationship known to social network members and

Attachment style and the mental representation of the self.

Six studies examined the association between attachment style and several aspects of the mental representation of the self in adolescents. Studies 1 and 2 focused on the hedonic tone of the

Parental Reactions to Dating Relationships: Do They Make a Difference?.

What information do young adults convey to their parents about their dating partners and their dating relationships? How, in turn, do parents behave toward their children on the basis of such

Adult attachment, working models, and relationship quality in dating couples.

TLDR
Dimensions of attachment style were strongly related to how each partner perceived the relationship, although the dimension of attachment that best predicted quality differed for men and women.

Socially Desirable Responding in Close Relationships: A Dual-Component Approach and Measure

Five studies were conducted to develop and validate a brief measure of socially desirable responding (SDR) for use in close relationships research, the Inventory of Desirable Responding in

Influence of Attachment Styles on Romantic Relationships

This investigation examined the impact of secure, anxious, and avoidant attachment styles on romantic relationships in a longitudinal study involving 144 dating couples. For both men and women, the
...