The study suggests that there are at least two kinds of active Facebook users: people who are higher in attachment anxiety and people who are higher in extroversion.

People who were higher in attachment anxiety exhibited greater amounts of what the study refers to as "feedback seeking" on Facebook.

"Compared to more secure people, those higher in attachment anxiety are more feedback sensitive," said Joshua Hart, associate professor of psychology and the lead author from New York based Union College.

"They report feeling much better about themselves when they get a lot of comments, likes and other feedback on their posts and worse about themselves when their Facebook activity generates little attention”, Hart pointed out.

In two surveys of nearly 600 people aged 18 to 83, researchers asked participants about their tendencies in close relationships and their Facebook habits.

"Because these people need a lot of reassurance that they are loved and are very sensitive to other people's opinions about them, they turn to Facebook," the authors noted.'

The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

 

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