Heavy Twitter Use Can Ruin Your Love Life

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/07/2014 | 10:45 AM EDT

Study says spending too much time on social media can lead to the demise of a relationship

Spending too much on your Twitter timeline can result in a bad love life, according to a new study.

Heavy Twitter can lead to conflict in a marriage or relationship and, ultimately, to “infidelity, breakup and divorce,” according to the study cited in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

A similar study published in the same journal linked high levels of Facebook use to “negative relationship outcomes.”


Both studies were done at the University of Missouri.

The negative effects of heavy Twitter and Facebook use may extend to ­users of other social media, the journal’s editor-in-chief, Brenda Wiederhold said.

“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,” Wiederhold pointed out.

In the latest study of 581 Twitter users, subjects who spent the most time on the site were also the most likely to report conflicts in their relationships.

So the next time you find yourself on social media tweeting your life away, you may want to drop the phone and spend a little extra time with your significant other.

(Photo: JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Corbis)

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