Muise’s research focuses on sexuality, including the role of sexual motives in maintaining sexual desire in long-term relationships, and sexual well-being.
The researchers wanted to know a few things: how their subjects felt overall, how worried and lonely they were, how much they had used Facebook, and how often they had had direct interaction with others since the previous text message.
Kross found that the more people used Facebook in the time between the two texts, the less happy they felt—and the more their overall satisfaction declined from the beginning of the study until its end.
Instagram might soon join that club as it recently rocketed past 700 million.
Facebook’s growth the last half decade has been fueled by the developing world. Despite Facebook’s size and age, at 17 percent its user count is growing as fast or faster than any year since 2012. In fact, 66 percent of Facebook’s monthly users return each day now compared to 55 percent when it hit 1 billion.
As a result, people on the Internet rated the photos picked by the people in them less favorably than the ones chosen by strangers.
This was true of every social network.“The practical advice is that people should really ask someone else to select their next profile picture,” says White.
To see who chose better images—the photo subject or the stranger—the researchers crowdsourced the Internet and asked people to rate how attractive, trustworthy and competent the face in the photos looked, like a scientific "Hot or Not."MORE: Tinder Users Have Lower Self-Esteem: Study Everyone did a good job picking the more attractive photos.
But when researchers analyzed the photos for two other traits—trustworthiness and competence—people didn't select their own images that accentuated those traits. "Unfamiliar people appeared to select images that were at once all three," White says: attractive, trustworthy and competent.
Thus, the findings point to the unique contribution of Facebook disagreements to intimate relationship functioning.