If Your Partner Is Still in Touch With Their Ex, There’s a Good Chance It’s Their “Backup Plan”

Maybe you encourage your significant other to stay friends with their ex. It shows you’re mature and trusting and confident in the relationship, right? Well . . . it’s time to get immature, distrustful, and scared.

A new study out of the University of South Florida found that almost half of people are still in touch with their most recent ex, even though they’re in a new relationship now. Here are the three main reasons why.

1. They like the friendship they have with them.

2. They’re not quite over them . . . and they feel like it was the right relationship at the wrong time, so they want to keep in touch . . . just in case.

3. They’re insecure about their current relationship, so their ex is their BACKUP plan.

And yes, those last two ARE worth worrying about. Here’s why . . .

The researchers say, quote, “Results showed a consistent pattern with regard to romantic feelings toward the former partner . . . [and] importantly, these individuals reported lower commitment to their current partner.”