Your per­sonal re­la­tion­ship style im­pacts so­cial media ties

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Your at­tach­ment style, mean­ing how avoidant or anx­ious you are in a close re­la­tion­ship in real life, also ap­plies to so­cial media plat­forms like Face­book, re­veal re­searchers.

“At­tach­ment style, thought to play a cen­tral role in ro­man­tic and par­entchild 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 a new re­search.

The find­ings showed that you can pre­dict the struc­ture of peo­ple’s so­cial net­works and the way peo­ple man­age their net­works from their per­son­al­ity. 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 a 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.

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Peo­ple high on at­tach­ment avoid­ance are more likely to dis­solve so­cial net­work ties

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