College students with high grades are more likely to experience romantic jealousy on Facebook, claims a new study.
Undergraduates were asked by the study to imagine discovering a message in their partner’s Facebook inbox asking: "What are you up to later?" reports the Daily Mail.
According to researcher Denise Friedman, an associate professor of psychology at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, students with a higher level of intelligence or grade point average (GPA) got the most jealous.
"It may be that people with high GPAs tend to have a personality type that makes them more prone to jealousy," said Friedman.
"Students with higher GPAs are often more conscientious, show greater self-control and tend to be perfectionists. The perceived infidelity likely upsets their attempts at perfection across the board."
However, men were more jealous if the Facebook message had an emoticon.
"Evolutionary work suggests men are more jealous of sexual infidelity, while women are more jealous of emotional infidelity," added Friedman. "The winking emoticon was most likely perceived as flirtatious, perhaps even sexually suggestive, which may explain why men were more jealous in this condition."
Source: Daily Mail