Research suggests divorce link to use of Twitter

By Lenore Rice

New research suggests that extensive use of Twitter and other social networking sites can have a damaging effect on relationships, and can increase the likelihood of infidelity and divorce.

Russell Clayton, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, surveyed 581 Twitter users and found that the more active the person was on Twitter, the more likely they were to come into conflict with their partner.

Other commentators suggest that the use of social media will not in itself destroy a marriage or relationship but can accelerate or add to existing fractures. Robin Gilmore, a chartered psychologist from Lancaster University, says that the use of social media platforms provide "a particular kind of easy access to a wider range of people than we would otherwise meet". He says that it can add to "unrealistic invidious evaluations of a current relationship". He is clear that the availability of the technology itself is not the issue, rather how we use it and choose to devote time to it rather than our relationships.

There are often many headline grabbing articles that suggest something or other is responsible for an increase in divorce. The number of inquiries received by divorce solicitors spike in the New Year which always results in people saying that the Christmas period can cause divorce.

With all these things there are usually existing problems between the couple, and a pressurised situation, or a hobby or other time consuming activity that distracts that person from the relationship is more than likely an accelerator rather than a cause of a separation.

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