(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Twitter seems to bring out the worst in some people. At least that what's a University of Missouri doctoral student claims in a new study that suggests the social networking site may be a catalyst for wrecking relationships and ruining marriages. Russell B. Clayton surveyed 581 Twitter users about their habits, including frequency of using Twitter and how often they reply to tweets and send direct messages.
From the responses, Clayton ascertained that "If high amounts of Twitter use does, indeed, lead to high amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, it is plausible to speculate that such conflict could lead to unfavorable relationship outcomes such as cheating, breakup, or divorce."
Whereas a previous study he did regarding the effect of Facebook use showed that it could harm relationships lasting three years or less, heavy Twitter use appears to adversely affect relationships of any length.
Clayton didn't explain why Twitter might be so detrimental to one's love life although it could be as simple as one devoting more attention to virtual friends and sweethearts than real life partners.
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