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Twitter May Amplify Relationship Conflicts

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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Twitter May Amplify Relationship Conflicts

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Twitter May Amplify Relationship Conflicts. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
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