Do People Still Rush To Change Their Social Media Status When They Get Engaged?

Do People Still Rush To Change Their Social Media Status When They Get Engaged?

Why do some people live for their status updates?

By Marianne Garvey

Do people still actually change their status on social media the second they get engaged? Seems so.

People’s next move after getting engaged is often to share the news via social media, says a new study.

“The trend isn’t stopping anytime soon,” reports the findings. The study (of over half a million online photos tagged with #engaged) revealed that engagement posts shared in Utah earned the most likes across the country, scoring roughly 229 likes on average. Delaware, Iowa, and South Dakota came in at the bottom of the list, where pictures tagged with engagement notifications only earned between about 65 and 82 likes, on average.

California and New York receive the most likes on Instagram when tagging #SheSaidYes, says the study by Diamonds by Raymond Lee.

“#Engaged isn’t the only way to share your big news, and it might not be the best way depending on where you live in the country. In California, where posts tagged with #engaged earned nearly 171 likes on average, those that mentioned #SheSaidYes climbed to more than 234. California doesn’t just have a few good places to consider starting your journey toward eternal love – it also has one of the world’s most romantic locations for a proposal. New York also had more likes when tagged with #SheSaidYes, while states including Mississippi, Iowa, and New Hampshire had the least.”

When it comes to getting engaged – or even posting about the special moment – there are no rules.

The ages are most popular for men and women to switch their online relationship status from “In a Relationship” to “Engaged” varied. We found women between the ages of 25 and 29 lead the engaged, with six percent of women in this demographic identifying as engaged. While the most engaged men were also between 25 and 29 years old, less than four percent of men in this age group listed their status as official on Facebook. Men over the age of 35 were more likely than women in the same age ranges to list themselves as engaged online.

Not everyone has the same opinion on when, if ever, you should list the news of your engagement on social media sites like Instagram or Facebook. “While Instagram certainly has become a popular outlet for sharing the magic of the moment, Facebook has a more complicated history when it comes to when, how, or even why you’d bother to finally update that relationship status,” says the study.

States across the country had discrepancies between the number of men and women who’d changed their profile status to reflect real-life. States with the least inconsistencies between men and women’s statuses included Hawaii, West Virginia, and Arizona.

Some rules before posting:

Your immediate family should probably hear the news directly from you rather than seeing it online.

You might want to wait at least a full day after the proposal before posting.

Don’t include a wedding hashtag so soon.

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