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Heavy Twitter use bad for marriage: Study

Published on Jul 3, 2014 10:54 PM
People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw in this Sept 27, 2013, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Heavy Twitter use can lead to conflicts and other damaging effects on marriages and romantic relationships, a study said on Thursday.

The study followed up on previous research which showed similar impacts for Facebook and raises questions about whether social network use in general is bad for relationships.

The study appearing in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking found that "active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce".

The author, University of Missouri doctoral researcher Russell Clayton, concluded that these findings add to the evidence about social network use’s dark side for personal relationships.

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