Too much Facebook damages relationships
If your use of Facebook could be considered "excessive," you may be putting your romantic relationship at risk, suggests a study from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The researchers found that people who excessively use Facebook are more likely to experience Facebook-related conflict with their romantic partners, which can damage those relationships.
This study looked at users aged 18 to 82, who were asked to describe their Facebook usage, including how much and how often they were online. Participants were also asked about any conflicts between their current or former partners as a result of Facebook use. The researchers learned that high levels of Facebook use significantly predicted Facebook-related conflict between partners, which may lead to other negative outcomes including cheating, breakup or divorce.
Though online dating has been shown to create strong, long-term relationships, other social web use can lead to problems, according to the study.
"Previous research has shown that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses Facebook, the more likely they are to monitor their partner's Facebook activity more stringently, which can lead to feelings of jealousy," said lead author Russell Clayton. "Facebook-induced jealousy may lead to arguments concerning past partners. Also, our study found that excessive Facebook users are more likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including previous partners, which may lead to emotional and physical cheating."
Clayton said this trend was particularly true in new relationships.