Facebook updates: What kind do you write?

After using Facebook for a while, you notice that people tend to say the same things over and over in their status updates.

The 'Look How in Love I Am' Update

"Pete Lark sends a kiss to the love of his life and future wife!"
"Holly Quint could lie in bed with Ben forever."
"Bob Chani adores his sweetheart more than life itself."

Though our own love lives gravitate toward the "it's complicated" description on Facebook, yours seems to be 100 percent perfect -- and naturally we love hearing about it every day. But sarcasm aside, what compels some people to gush on Facebook? Could it be that they're overcompensating for something -- that they feel a need to prove something to others...or to themselves?

Undoubtedly the 'Look How in Love I Am' update is sometimes an expression of innocent exuberance -- the product of a person overcome by joy and appreciation for their significant other. But not always. Sometimes it's an attempt to quell internal doubts ("See? I really must be in love") or a coded message to an ex ("I'm happier without you, loser!").

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