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Your real-life attachment style gets reflected in Facebook use, says study

A recent research has stated that the way people act in a close relationships in real life is connected to how they manage their social media platforms.
Edited by: India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi July 25, 2017 10:23 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk


A recent research has stated that the way people act in a close relationship in real life is linked to how they manage their social media platforms like Facebook. One of the professors of the University of Kansas has stated that the attachment style that plays crucial role in relationships was also found to play important part in social media as well. The study showed that the way people manages their social structure can be predicted.

"Attachment style, thought to play a central role in romantic and parent-child relationships, was found to also play a role in people's broader social network of friends," said Omri Gillath, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas, who headed the research.

The researchers also looked at how people manage their networks, including how they initiate, maintain and dissolve ties.

They found that people high on attachment avoidance were less likely to initiate and maintain, and more likely to dissolve social network ties.

"Surprisingly, people high on anxiety were expected to be less likely to dissolve ties -- they're often concerned about being rejected or abandoned and want to merge with their relationship partners, which made us think they would be less likely to dissolve ties," Gillath said.

However, they were found to report higher tendency for dissolution than non-anxious people.

Gillath said that due to their high levels of concern and desire to merge with others, anxiously attached people may end up pushing members away.

"Network members may feel smothered and dissolve the ties," he said in a paper that appeared in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

The paper, by Gillath and co-authors Gery Karantzas of Deakin University in Australia and Emre Selcuk of Middle East Technical University in Turkey, described four separate studies that lend insight into the interplay between attachment style and how people manage and perceive friendship networks.

Participants in the studies first were benchmarked for attachment style, then evaluated for the "tie strength" and "multiplexity" of their friendship networks.

Another interesting finding has to do with the size of a person's social network.

"We found that the more friends you have in your network, the lower your tie strength and multiplexity -- size dilutes the quality of your networks ties," Gillath said.

The findings further stated that attachment security results in better management and more benefits that people could get from social networks.

(With PTI Inputs)