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.”