Facebook Is Bad for Your Relationship, Study Finds
Article by George Norman
On 10 Aug 2009
Popular social networking site Facebook, as its 250 million account holders prove, is used by pretty much everyone these days. Maybe not Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who found that using Facebook eats too much into your time, but everyone else is okay with it and uses the social networking site to, drum rolls please, socialize with others. A recent study has shown though that Facebook can have a negative impact on your relationship with your significant other: girlfriend, boyfriend.

Researchers from Canada ran the study on a total of 308 respondents (231 of them female) and published the results in an article entitled “More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?” It is an appropriate title as the study revealed that Facebook is responsible for creating jealousy and suspicion within a romantically involved couple.


“A hierarchical multiple regression analysis, controlling for individual, personality, and relationship factors, revealed that increased Facebook use significantly predicts Facebook-related jealousy. We argue that this effect may be the result of a feedback loop whereby using Facebook exposes people to often ambiguous information about their partner that they may not otherwise have access to and that this new information incites further Facebook use. Our study provides evidence of Facebook’s unique contributions to the experience of jealousy in romantic relationships,” explained the researchers in the article.

Going through the article, we picked up the following details:
- 19.1% of respondents found that because Facebook gave them info about the interactions of their partner, they were driven into using Facebook to more closely monitor that partner because they were experiencing feelings of jealousy.
- 16.2% of respondents were lead to jealousy because Facebook explicitly contributed to it.
- 10.3% of participants had problems setting time limits and spent more time than they planned moniutoring their partner on Facebook.
- 7.4% of respondents found that Facebook info leads to jealousy because it is ambiguous.

You can read the whole “More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?” article here.

Tags: Facebook, Study, Jealousy, Couple
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