One third of users admit to using Facebook to check up on old flames - possibly delaying their ability to heal emotionally and move on with their lives.
An article titled Facebook Surveillance of Former Romantic Partners: Association with Post Breakup Recovery and Personal Growth, published in Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking looked into the effects of continual Facebook contact and surveillance of an ex-partner.
Studying 464 unlucky-in-love participants, researchers monitored their Facebook usage following a breakup and plotted their emotional recovery.
Looking at negative feelings, sexual desire, emotional longing for their ex, and feelings of reduced personal growth - the study tracked their ability to move forward.
Turns out those doing a spot of digi-spying found it harder to get on with their lives.
Sounds like time to do a spot of de-friending...
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