Sunday, July 06, 2014

Twitter Users In Failing Romantic Relationships?

Infidelity, Breakups, and Divorce Indicated With Twitter Use
A recent study seems to indicate people actively using Twitter may be having relationship problems. An article published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, "The Third Wheel: The Impact of Twitter Use on Relationship Infidelity and Divorce" is an indication of what social media might be reflecting in social relationships.

The purpose of the study was to examine how social networking site use, specifically Twitter use, influences interpersonal relationship outcomes. This study specifically examined the effect of Twitter on the relationship between active Twitter use and negative relationship outcomes including infidelity and divorce. 

A total of 581 Twitter users aged 18 to 67 years completed an online survey questionnaire. The results from this study suggest that active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce. 

This indirect effect is not contingent on the length of the romantic relationship. The current study adds to the growing body of literature investigating social media use and romantic relationship outcomes.

Source: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

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