If you’ve had just about enough of endless #TheBoyDidGood posts and cringe couple gym selfies, take solace in the fact that it’s probably all for show.
More than half of millennials pretend that their relationship is happier than it actually is, according to a new study by relationship support charity Relate. The research suggests that 42 per cent use the likes of Facebook and Instagram to give the impression that their relationship is perfect.
There are a number of reasons why people aspire to be #CoupleGoals, according to psychologist, dating coach and relationship expert Madeleine Mason, who spoke to The Independent.
“People want attention, and positive stories are likely to be celebrated, liked and commented on,” she said.
“In other cases, some feel pressured to display success for fear of coming across as unsuccessful, and some people want to believe things are going well, so by curating a positive image they attempt to trick themselves into thinking things are fine.”
Maybe we’re all just really desperate to find ‘The One’? The majority of millennials, 87 per cent, said they aspire to have a relationship for life, while one third admitted their relationship had survived infidelity of some kind.
In spite of this, of more than 2,000 UK adults surveyed, 92 per cent said they would benefit if everyone was more open and honest.
Relate counsellor Dee Holmes told The Independent: “As our research shows, there seems to be a lot of pressure today, particularly amongst millennials, to give the impression of the ‘perfect relationship’.
“We’d probably all benefit from being more open and honest with each other about our relationships and realising that nobody’s perfect, however it may seem on the surface.”
So, next time you see a tanned couple practising yoga on the edge of a cliff, scroll on. They probably argue about taking the bins out just like everyone else.