It is a truth universally acknowledged: a single person who has recently been broken up with will end up cyberstalking her ex. Look, everyone does it. And even though you suspect that it’s not exactly helping the healing process, it’s not like it’s doing any harm…right?
Well, according to a recent study, checking your ex’s Instagram every 30 minutes can actually delay post-breakup recovery. Whoops.
Researchers at Brunel University in London analyzed data provided by 464 participants to see how continuing online contact with an ex-partner by staying Facebook friends and or engaging in “surveillance” of the ex-partner’s Facebook page might affect post-breakup adjustment and growth. And what they found was pretty shocking.
The analysis “revealed that Facebook surveillance was associated with greater current distress over the breakup, more negative feelings, sexual desire, longing for the ex-partner, and lower personal growth.”