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#RelationshipGoals? Couples who post selfies may not be as happy as you think

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Everyone has at least one couple on Facebook or Instagram that makes you want to throw up a little bit whenever they post lovey-dovey selfies, usually captioned ‘my bae’, ‘this one’, or with hundreds of love heart eye emojis.

They are the couples that often take PDA to a new level by bombarding you with #goals posts causing the single girls among us to roll our eyes to another dimension.

And with Valentine’s Day only around the corner, we need to mentally prepare ourselves for the smug pictures captioned #luckygirl.

But the reality is that couples who appear the most in love on social media aren’t necessarily the happiest.

A new study has shown that couples who constantly share details of their relationship online are more likely to be unhappy.

Sexologist Nikki Goldstein spoke to MailOnline about the relationship selfie trend.

She said that those who seem the most ‘in love’ on social media are couples who have the most problems.

Nikki claims couples use Facebook and Instagram as a way to hide their relationship problems in an attempt to make it look perfect to others.

She said: “Often it’s the people who post the most who are seeking validation for their relationship from other people.

“The likes and comments can be so validating that when someone is really struggling, that’s where they get their up from – not the person making the gesture, but what other people will say about it”.

A recent study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin concluded that people who post frequently about their relationships are likely to feel insecure about their partner’s feelings.

It found that, “on a daily basis, when people felt more insecure about their partner’s feelings, they tended to make their relationships more visible”.

Are you someone who posts lots of selfies with your significant other? Why do you, let us know!

Words by Stacey Turnbull.

Sarah is your lifestyle editor.

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