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Too much social media could damage relationships

Posted on: April 17, 2013 12:29:53

Too much social media could damage relationshipsRelying too heavily on social media could actually have a negative impact on your love life, if a new study is to be believed.

Looking further into the theory that the number of media channels a person uses can impact the strength of a relationship, researchers at Oxford University worked with 24,000 couples.

The aim was to find out if having more accessibility to be able to communicate with loved ones would result in a stronger partnership, or whether it would be detrimental in the long-run.

Dr Bernie Hogan of the Oxford Internet Institute said a combination of email, chat and telephone calls was put through the test, as well as the more modern approach of social media.

"Using these media is great in moderation. But more is not necessarily better," he said. "It's important to be accessible without being overbearing."

According to findings by firstdirect, Brits spend as much as 62 million hours each day on Facebook and Twitter.

On average, users are logged on for at least an hour a day, with over ten per cent spending more than two hours a day on social media sites.

Commenting on how this could impact dating, and even marriage, the doctor said that media still operates as a signal of ties of strength in relationships.

"We found that those using more media tend to report no greater relationship satisfaction and some even reported decreasing satisfaction," he said.

The increasing popularity of turning to the digital world to share every part of your life can be a touchy subject for some UK singles.

In fact, a recent survey found that a new term – VDA - had been coined to describe the annoying trend of showing 'virtual displays of affection' online.

According to Kate Taylor, a relationship expert for, VDAs are now the biggest faux pas when it comes to dating, the MailOnline reports.

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