Spending too much time on Twitter? It could hurt your relationship

DENVER - A study finds too much tweeting could affect your relationship.

"People who, by and large, express that they use Twitter a lot. On the average, about 52 minutes a day -- that’s a lot. And they suffer, relationship-wise, as a result of that involvement," said the Cleveland Clinic's Scott Bea, Psy.D.

Researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital surveyed nearly 600 twitter followers.

Based on the participants' answers, the study found that Twitter use "can have damaging effects on romantic relationships."

Researchers found people spending nearly an hour a day, five days a week, on Twitter had more conflict with their significant other, cheating, and even break-ups.

However, researchers said conflict over any social media is likely a symptom of relationship problems, not necessarily a cause.

“Imagine if you invested 52 minutes a day actively listening to your loved ones, what the payoff would be for that. Now, it might not excite your brain at the same level, but it would probably create bonds, help with problem solving and probably predict greater longevity," Bea said.

The study was published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

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