A study from Roanoke College in Virginia found that students with the highest grades were were most likely to feel jealous over messages from other people on their partner’s Facebook page. Smarty-pants female students were especially prone to jealousy, while male students are a bit more laid-back (except, I guess, when there are cupcakes involved…). The researchers also tested whether jealousy levels increased when emoticons, like smiley and winking faces, were used after the messages. According to the results, “emoticons were found to have no effect on women’s jealousy levels, while men became more jealous when an emoticon was used.” Researchers explain that men tend to get more jealous of perceived “sexual infidelity, while women are more jealous of emotional infidelity,” and, you know, winking face emoticon = sexy times.
As for why high-achievers are more jealous than lower-achievers, researchers suggest that “high-achievers are perfectionists and when they think their partner is cheating on them, this desire for perfection is disrupted.”
[via Daily Mail]