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Study on Facebook Shows That Increased Use Perpetuates Relationship Jealousy

Has Facebook Ever Made You Jealous?

Don't lie — you've felt the little green-eyed monster emerge when you've seen a strange friend request from someone of the opposite sex or a flirtatious message on the wall of your significant other.

It doesn't take a study to confirm that the network can make you a little off-balanced, but one has: the CyberPsychology & Behavior Journal found that among a group of Facebook-using college students, it increased relationship jealousy coincided with marked use of Facebook. (For a satirical example, watch the Facebook manners video).

Certain factors include the accessibility of information — which I particularly agree with, because if your partner is at work or in class and having a chat with someone else, you would never know and not care. But if it was plastered on his wall, you may be a little bothered. The other important point the study cited is over the lack of context of what you see on Facebook — all those girls on your crush's page could be family, for all you know.

So tell me — have you or someone you know ever experienced Facebook-induced jealousy?

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devils devils 7 years
I agree with Stargazer! I used to be like that when I had Facebook... then I felt that jealousy was too much and really bothered me so I left Facebook.
stargazer25 stargazer25 7 years
I'm jealous of facebook - that company make a decent amount of money and they just acquire friend feed. ;-)
care0531 care0531 7 years
I am newer to facebook but I love it. My husband hates me being on it and is jealous but I can understand his concern. A lot of people reconnect with past relationships. I have a married friend who has been having a facebook affair so to speak with an ex boyfriend of hers- so I can understand jealousy that spouses might have but as far as pictures of what people are doing etc- NO. They are my friends and I am happy for all of them.
rach716 rach716 7 years
I don't know if I'd say jealous but I was disgusted to see pictures of my ex-boyfriend of 4 years partying alone with my college roommate & best friend also of 4 years(later found out they spent the night together which clearly didn't help the sickening feeling). She traveled over an hour to spend the day with him & then plastered the pics all over Facebook. Needless to say I don't speak to either anymore.
missjessie missjessie 7 years
ugghhh..... i have jealousy as it is and facebook definitely causes problems for me.
allieperez allieperez 7 years
Yes, glad to see I'm not alone.
kiwigeek kiwigeek 7 years
YES! Now I know that there are other sufferers...
dancinlaughin01 dancinlaughin01 7 years
i keep seeing pictures of my friends vacationing in paris and london! jealousss...
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Back when he did have a Facebook I never saw anything remotely compromising (save for one picture, ha), but back then I did feel kind of sick just stumbling upon a pretty girl on his friends list. Long distance relationship + crazy night life of a significant other = stress stress stress
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I've never been jealous in a romantic way. I have envied finding out friends live/work in really cool places or something more along that lines. It's the same as with CoralAmber ... I will there was more fun in my life.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
Eh, I don't use facebook, but I have been jealous when reading posts on other social networking sites. Usually it's after hearing what a fantastic time someone had at some party or trip I didn't know they were taking. Mostly just jealous in a good way; happy for them, but wanting more fun in my life. I did figure out who my ex was sleeping with because she left him quite the message on his public page. I think she thought she was being subtle, but everyone knew what "Had a great time last night" meant.
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