One Reason Why People Over-Share on Facebook

What a surplus of likes and comments really means.

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Have you been liking, commenting, and sharing more than usual on Facebook lately? All those hours logged online may mean you're feeling anxious about your love life. New research suggests that people who feel insecure in their relationships are more likely to be active on Facebook.

Researchers at Union College polled nearly 600 people on their relationship and Facebook habits. The participants, who ranged in age from 18 to 83, filled out two surveys: one about their Facebook activity and another about their relationship tendencies. The results highlighted two different kinds of active Facebook users. One type showed patterns of attachment anxiety, or the sense of feeling unloved, while the other was made up of extroverts.

Those who felt less loved turned to Facebook for feedback and interaction more often than the secure participants. “They report feeling much better about themselves when they get a lot of comments, likes and other feedback on their posts and worse about themselves when their Facebook activity generates little attention," the study's lead author Joshua Hart said in a statement.

This isn't the first time we've heard that over-sharing on Facebook might actually be a sign of insecurity or an unhappy relationship. Too much time spent liking, commenting, and sharing can even lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. The solution? Back away from the computer. Instead of posting about your life, go ahead and live it. And if you find yourself worrying about your significant other, read up on our tips for how to break out of a relationship rut.