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Does Facebook Create Jealous People?

By August 17, 2012

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Its the age-old chicken or the egg question - what came first? And in this case, the debate is regarding whether or not Facebook creates jealous people, or attracts already jealous people to their folds. Case in point: a recently released Canadian study found that the more time users spent perusing Facebook, the more jealous they were.

Now, the sample size was small (just over 300 people), and used a young age range (17-24). But the 'Facebook jealousy scale' that they created seemed very, very real, dishing out questions - such as how much of the green eyed monster a person felt when their significant other befriended someone of the opposite sex that they didn't know. However no conclusions were drawn regarding whether or not Facebook created jealous people or not, saying the options were "inexorably intertwined". I'd be interested in seeing a study showing how jealous you are before using Facebook, and then measuring jealousy levels again after signing up.

But, what do you think? Has using Facebook made you a more jealous partner, or is social networking irrelevant to your feelings regarding your partner, ex, or other romantic interests?

Source: Time Magazine, Could Facebook Be Sowing Seeds Of Jealousy?

Related: Zelophobia, I'm Jealous Of Her Guy Friends, How Strong Is Your Love?

August 10, 2009 at 2:11 am
(1) joseph jones says:

I will have to say , that it is true what goes in ones mind when your gf or bf adds someone of the opposite sex is real, and it can be a healthy thing,in small doses,lol

August 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm
(2) Karen says:

I think it’s more that the social acceptability of “friends with benefits” and cheating that provokes jealousy, not Facebook.

August 18, 2009 at 3:40 am
(3) Drew says:

I do think it is a bad idea to add somebody you date on your Facebook account. Actually, that was the subject of one of my blogs. That said, if somebody is your bf or gf, then most likely they are on your page. And when that is the case, my guess is yes. Most humans, male or female, get a little jealous (even if only subconsciously) when they see their significant other starts conversing with a member of the opposite sex they don’t know.

September 19, 2010 at 9:51 am
(4) Charm says:

Thats his or her personal issue they do not know them for all they knew that could be a cousin why they getting jealous u not married

August 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm
(5) Antonio says:

Yes…I think that FaceBook creates jealousy issues on MANY different levels. Besides the whole “who is that person that they’re adding” syndrome…it also creates jealousy in the respect that people want to “one-up” the other when it comes to vacation or holiday pictures. When someone posts pics of their kids, you start seeing tons of other related friends doing the same. When someone gets a good news or a new job, I can admit I’ve been a skosh peeved because of my own employment challenges. So yes…FB has it’s extensive lists of benefits. However, there are sneaky little social issues, internally and externally, it causes as well.

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