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Post-breakup Facebook Surveillance 'May Delay Emotional Recovery': Study

by Rukmani Krishna on September 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM
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 Post-breakup Facebook Surveillance 'May Delay Emotional Recovery': Study

A new study has revealed that, remaining friends with an ex-lover or even just following their activities online through Facebook can disrupt a person's ability to heal emotionally and move on with his or her life.

The study assessed the effects of continued Facebook contact with an ex-partner and of Facebook surveillance, in which there is no actual online contact, but one individual monitors the Facebook page and postings of another.

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The study collected data from 464 participants to evaluate their Facebook usage and their emotional recovery and personal adjustment following the breakup of a romantic relationship.

It evaluated parameters such as negative feelings, sexual desire and emotional longing for the ex-partner, and feelings of reduced personal growth as measures of distress and the ability to move forward with their lives.
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"This study sees again virtual life mirroring real life. Just as real life contact with ex-partners may inhibit growth, healing, and well-being, so may virtual contact," Brenda K. Wiederhold, from the Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, CA, said.

The study has been published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Source: ANI
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