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

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

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

https://bigthink.com/sex-relationships/couples-profile-pictures

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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, couple photos, couple related relationships status, mentioning partner in social media posts, etc.)

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 jealousy tendencies people.
  • People with fear of rejection of abandonment.
  • People that feel insecure about their partner's feeling.

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: displaying our relationships status makes us feel good about ourselves.
  • Social protection: we tend to defend our relationships against threats posed by alternative partners and romantic rivals.

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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