Sounds crazy doesn’t it: The more you Tweet the more likely you are to cheat. And as weird as it might sound, it does make some kind of sense; the more you interact with people you don’t know the more mysterious the relationships appear to be. But what do I know right?
A student, Russel Clayton, at the University of Missouris found in his latest study that there is a strong correlation betweens Twitter’s role in an active users romantic relationship and the actual “outcome” of the romantic relationship. He surveyed a total of 581 users of all ages and genders, asking them how many times a day they tweet, scroll down Twitter newsfeed, send messages and reply to followers. The questioning didn’t stop there as the graduate student continued by asking how much “conflict” and problems came out between users’ current and even former partners due to Twitter. Conflicts could include arguments over an “overdose” of Twitter or even content of a specific tweet.
According to Time, Russel Clayton found that the more active the user was (posting , interacting and liking tweets) the more likely he/she was of experiencing a Twitter related argument with their partner. And wether you like it or not, arguments are actually proven to be much more “effective” than any other type of disagreement, having a higher probability of leading to cheating, breakups and even divorces. But this doesn’t only occur to couples with time in; the same outcomes are just as likely to occur to vulnerable users who are in their honeymoon period, as users who reported to be in new relationships also said that they fell victim to the same conflicts as the serious couples.
But these results aren’t really that surprising considering our crazy “addiction” to online social platforms, glorifying them as dream-worlds. Dream-worlds that would ignite, to say the least, “heated arguments” if someone dared to alter our fantasized glorification of them. Now Clayton was well aware of this collective mentality, and therefore advised couples who enjoyed living in the Tweetersphere to replace it with 2Life, a private messaging app.
But then again, what really is the point of romantic relationships if you can’t brag about it to the rest of the world? Obviously the kid doesnt understand relationships – of course you have to post pictures and status updates in order for your relationship to flourish…
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