Twitter May Amplify Relationship Conflicts

A new study finds that active Twitter users are far more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict with their romantic partners.

Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found that Twitter-related conflict then leads to negative relationship outcomes, including emotional and physical cheating, breakup and divorce.

In a new study, researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia evaluate the topic by studying the way by which Twitter can impact romantic relationships — especially when conflicts present.

The study is found in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Clayton evaluated the amount of time a person spent on Twitter, how much conflict arose between couples as a result of active Twitter usage, and whether negative relationship outcomes were associated with active Twitter use and Twitter-related conflict. He also examined whether duration of relationship impacted these outcomes.

Clayton found that active Twitter use and Twitter-related conflict were positively associated with an increase in emotional and physical cheating, breakup, and divorce. These outcomes were not impacted by length of romantic relationship.

“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,” said journal Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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