Doctoral student Russell Clayton surveyed 581 Twitter users of all ages, asking questions related to how active they are and how often they use different features such as direct messages.
He also asked, “How often do you have an argument with your current or former partner because of too much Twitter use?”
Clayton found that those most active on the social network were more likely to have arguments with their significant other over such use.
Also, the arguments lead to an increase in cheating, including breaking up and divorce. In June 2013, Clayton performed a similar study with Facebook, and reached a similar conclusion.
“I found it interesting that active Twitter users experienced Twitter-related conflict and negative relationship outcomes regardless of length of romantic relationship. Couples who reported being in relatively new relationships experienced the same amount of conflict as those in longer relationships.”
The conflict isn’t so much from using social networks in the first place, but using them excessively which can easily become a habit.
To help remedy this, Clayton suggests cutting back to more “healthy levels of Twitter use,” and it probably wouldn’t hurt to not “poke” other potential mates on Facebook.
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