KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The great thing about Facebook is it can help you re-connect with old friends. But the even "better" thing is that you can secretly keep tabs on your exes without them knowing! A new study from Niagra Advance proves we're all a bunch of Facebook stalkers.
According to Niagara's study, nearly nine out of 10 people check up on their former flame on Facebook. Experts say these stalker tendencies create very serious challenges when attempting to get over a breakup.
There's the obvious question: Why not just unfriend your ex to avoid becoming a stage-five stalker? But we all know that's not going to stop the dog from sniffing out a scent. The study reveals those who unfriended their ex would instead go on a friend's account and creep from there.
Surprisingly, the study found those people who decided to unfriend their partner after the split had higher levels of distress. Less surprisingly, the rejected partners who were most upset by the split are also the most avid stalkers.
The study had some pretty funny findings as far as Facebook stalking goes. The most extreme was one participant admitting to hacking into his ex-girlfriend's account. To avoid that, just change your password post breakup.
Other funny findings: 70 percent would use a friend's account to keep track of a former girl or boyfriend secretly after deleting them on Facebook. Sixty percent reread or over-analyzed old message or wall posts from their ex. Thirty-one percent posted a picture in an attempt to make their ex jealous and 5.6 percent posted a slanderous comment.
For more fun facts about Facebook stalking from Niagara Advance, click here.