COLUMBIA, MO (CBS) – Too much Twitter use might be linked to cheating in relationships.
At least that’s what a new study from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism that’s published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking claims.
Doctoral student Russell Clayton, who previously found that Facebook use resulted in increased conflict in new relationships, asked 581 Twitter users of all ages questions about their use of the social media networking site.
The results appear to show that frequent tweeters were more likely to have Twitter-induced conflict arise within their relationships – regardless of the duration of those relationships.
“Couples who reported being in relatively new relationships experienced the same amount of conflict as those in longer relationships,” Clayton told the University of Missouri in a press release.
“Although a number of variables can contribute to relationship infidelity and separation, social networking site usage, such as Twitter and Facebook use, can be damaging to relationships,” he added.
While there are obvious problems with Clayton’s research (the number of subjects surveyed was small, and he apparently found them via, you guessed it, Twitter), the findings are interesting nonetheless.
So, do you believe it? Does Twitter lead to breakups and divorce?
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