Are you tweeting all the time? It may hamper your marriage

  • AFP
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2014 16:53 IST

Excessive use of Twitter can lead to conflicts and other damaging effects on marriages and romantic relationships, says a study.

It followed upon previous research, which showed similar impacts for Facebook.

The study, which appeared in the journal - Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, found that active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, break-up and divorce.

Russell Clayton of University of Missouri, the author of the study, concluded that these findings add to the evidence about the dark side of social network use. Clayton’s research, published in the same journal last year, found that a high level of Facebook usage was associated with "negative relationship outcomes".

The journal’s editor-in-chief, Brenda Wiederhold says these findings highlight the need for more study on social network use. "Since much of the social networking research is in its infancy, we do not know if other media, such as Instagram will also impact relationships in a negative way," she adds.

The latest study surveyed 581 adult Twitter users, asking about how often they use the social network and about what conflicts arose between their current or former partners, as a result of it.

Clayton found that the more often a respondent reported being active on Twitter, the more likely they were to experience conflict with a partner.

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