The Negative Effects Social Media

1935 WordsJun 18, 20188 Pages
Nowadays, it is not only common to have social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but expected. Many people know the numerous benefits of signing-up for these accounts: keeping in touch with friends, being able to organize information and photographs, keeping track of dates or news, and many more. However, new research suggests that the use of these social media networks, specifically Twitter, can cause great unhappiness in relationships (“Twitter use…”). It appears that the social media page can act as a third member of the relationship. The use of these networks can take up so much time of one or both of the partners, that it is like having another person in the relationship. Unfortunately, this loss of time as…show more content…
Nevertheless, the results of the study found a positive correlation between the time spent on Twitter and the amount of conflict in relationships. The questions asked in the survey all involved the amount of time they spend and activities they do on Twitter, as well as questions which asked if their behavior on twitter ever led to conflict in their relationships. The result section goes on to describe how these conflicts lead to cheating, breakups, and divorces(“Twitter use…”). It is unclear how this conclusion was drawn from this simple Twitter survey, which didn’t appear to ask detailed questions about the level of conflict the Twitter activity brought about. The amount of time spent on Twitter was measured through numerous questions such as “How often do you log in to your Twitter account?”. The questions were answered in discrete variables or ordinal level measurements of time, which included “more than hourly”, “hourly”, “daily”, “weekly”, “monthly”, and so on. This is a very non-specific form of measurement because someone would answer “weekly” whether they logged on two times a week or five because it is still not enough to answer “daily”. The amount of conflicts the individuals have been in with their significant other was measured in discrete variables as well which included answers ranging from “always” to “never” on an unspecified Likert-type scale (“Twitter use…”). This measurement, which utilizes a
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