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Why people make 'couple photos' their profile pictures, according to psychologists

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Why people make 'couple photos' their profile pictures, according to psychologists
Who does this? What we social psychologists call "dyadic displays" are relatively common. In a recent study that we conducted, 29% of romantically involved Facebook users had a "couple" photo as their current profile picture. Seventy percent had a dyadic relationship status posted - such as "In a...

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"Dyadic displays"

It's a social psychology concept and it refers to the phenomenon of "I'm part of a couple!" displays on social media: how romantically involved users present their relationships online (e.g, cou...

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Romantic status displays

Certain people are more likely to use romantic status displays than others:

  • People who are very satisfied with or committed to their romantic relationship.
  • In-love and with je...

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Why we post couple photos

  • Self-perception: when we're in close relationships, we tend to include our partners in our identity ( we may see them as part of ourselves).
  • Self-esteem boost: displayi...

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Outside perceptions

Posting couple photos and other related social media displays influences other people to see the profile owner as more likable and as more likely to be in a satisfying and committed relationship.

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