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Facebook Use Could Be Harmful to Your Relationship—New Study Says

By Leslie Fineberg on June 26, 2013

Facebook use and divorce are linked in a new study soon to be published in the Journal of Cyber Psychology, Behavior and Social Networking. Excessive use of Facebook can lead to conflict with one’s romantic partner. As reported by The Huffington Post, excessive use is defined by researchers as checking Facebook more than once an hour. The conflict created may result in negative relationship consequences which can encompass physical or emotional cheating, separation, and ultimately divorce.

205 Facebook users were surveyed about their use of the Facebook social media site and whether that use had caused conflicts either with current or with former romantic partners. Researchers from three universities conducted the study—the University of Hawaii at Hilo, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Participants in the survey were between 18 and 82 years of age.

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