Excessive use of Social Networks can Damage Relationships

Facebook and other social networking sites have revolutionised the way people create and maintain their relationships. However, research shows that use of these could be detrimental to users’ love & relationships. Russell Clayton of the University of Missouri School of Journalism found that people who use Facebook excessively are much more likely to experience Facebook Related conflicts with their romantic partners, causing negative results, break-up, and divorce.

In his study, Clayton, along with Alexander Nagurney, an instructor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and Jessica R. Smith, a doctoral student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, surveyed Facebook users ages 18-82 old. Participants were asked to describe how often they used Facebook and how many times a conflict had arisen between their current or former partners as a result of using Facebook.

“Previous research has shown that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses Facebook, the more likely they are to monitor Facebook’s activity from their partners more strictly, which can lead to feelings of jealousy,” Clayton explained.

In addition, the study found that excessive users of Facebook are more likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including former dating partners, which can lead to deception and emotional and physical games.

Scientists say this trend was particularly evident in new relationships. This suggests that Facebook can be a threat to relationships that are not fully mature.

On the other hand, participants who have been in relationships for more than three years do not use Facebook as often, and may have more mature relationships, and therefore Facebook is not a threat or concern.

To prevent such a conflict from arising, couples especially those who have not been together for a long time, are recommended to limit their personal use on Facebook.

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