Cheating, break-ups and lack of attention: Social media blamed for 50% of break-ups

Sick of your partner tweeting their every move and having Facebook’s newsfeed button permanently attached to their thumb?


by Jessica Anais Rach |
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You’re not alone.

A recent study polled a total of 1,953 UK adults who had ended a serious relationship or marriage within the past two years, and found that 34% admitted their ex-partner had met someone new on social media.

Of the respondents, 79% said they were using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during their relationships and 54% said they felt that social media played a role in the breakup.


And unsurprisingly the ability to access social media at the touch of a button has not improved things in the passion department.

Almost a fifth of those polled complained their ex ignored them in favour of social media, a factor in their break up.

A quarter of respondents revealed they had met their former partner online, and blamed their misleading social profile and the false sense of familiarity created online, for the demise in their relationship.

George Charles, spokesperson for who conducted the survey, says: ‘Traditionally the "seven year itch" is described as the time period at which couples seem to struggle romantically.

'However, our findings seem to suggest that modern relationships have a shorter shelf life as a result of our hectic and technology dominated social lives.’

Hannah Green, researcher at OnePlusOne, said: 'Spending time together and communicating well with your partner is of great importance for building healthy and lasting relationships.


'With technology now being constantly available we may need to find time to put down the computers and smartphones and to actually concentrate on each other. Even one hour a day of quality time can make a huge difference to the quality of a relationship.'

Step away from the mobile guys.

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