Twitter: ruining marriages since 2006.

By Seriously Science | May 14, 2014 6:00 am
Photo: flickr/katerha

Photo: flickr/katerha

Tweet this at your own risk: according to this study, Twitter use has a negative effect on romantic relationships. In fact, the most active users of Twitter have higher risks of infidelity, breakup, and divorce. And don’t think that Facebook is any better – a previous study found that it also causes  jealousy and relationship conflict.  #GeeWhatASurprise

The Third Wheel: The Impact of Twitter Use on Relationship Infidelity and Divorce.

“The purpose of this study was to examine how social networking site (SNS) use, specifically Twitter use, influences negative interpersonal relationship outcomes. This study specifically examined the mediational effect of Twitter-related conflict on the relationship between active Twitter use and negative relationship outcomes, and how this mechanism may be contingent on the length of the romantic relationship. A total of 581 Twitter users aged 18 to 67 years (Mage=29, SDage=8.9) completed an online survey questionnaire. Moderation-mediation regression analyses using bootstrapping methods indicated that Twitter-related conflict mediated the relationship between active Twitter use and negative relationship outcomes. The length of the romantic relationship, however, did not moderate the indirect effect on the relationship between active Twitter use and negative relationship outcomes. 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 SNS use and romantic relationship outcomes.”

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  • http://www.whatsuphe.tumblr.com Albert D. Melfo

    Oh, for God’s sake, people — grow up, already. Maybe there should be a screening form that everyone has to fill out before they can create any kind of SM account — if you score above a certain level for insecurity, you’re not allowed on. Social media doesn’t cause these problems — people and their personality flaws do.

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  • Matthew Slyfield

    What nitwit decided that this was worth publishing?

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