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OkCupid Reports That Twitter Users Have Shorter Relationships

A new study has revealed that people who use Twitter every day have shorter relationships than people who don’t.

The study comes in the form of an infograph compiled by online dating website OkCupid which arrived at the conclusion by looking at surveys from 833,987 users.

“Frequent tweeters have shorter real-life relationships than everyone else, probably via some hack. Unfortunately, we have no way to tell who's dumping who here; whether the twitterati are more annoying or just more flighty than everyone else,” the report read.

According to the infograph, young OkCupid users, aged 18-20 years, who use the microblogging platform daily, are in relationships that last between 6 to 10 months while older OkCupid Twitter users enjoy longer relationships, but their relationships are still shorter than those who don’t use the platform on a daily basis.

Social media has long been known to cause contention in relationships, with social networks like Facebook being the main cause of many a break-up. According to The Independent (opens in new tab), lawyers in the US claim that Facebook was cited in nearly 20 percent of divorce cases they had come across.

But as the old saying goes, correlation is not causation; even if Facebook is being cited by divorcees, there is no reason to assume that it is actually increasing the overall divorce rate.