Digital / Internet

7 May 2015

Allyson Morgan

Is facebook the cause of household arguments?


  • 13% of Brits admit social media sites have caused arguments many times
  • Men say facebook, twitter etc has often been the source of conflicts
  • Participants at 30 are as likely to have strife over facebook as the 16 year olds

Who is that person who has liked your photo?

It has been recently reported that facebook and twitter now factor in one out of seven divorces and nearly one in five claim they have daily rows due to social media. mingle Trend put the question to the British public, have social media sites ever caused arguments with their partners?

13% of the 833 participants admitted such sites had caused arguments often and a further 13% stated it had been the cause of a disagreement once. Noticeably more men (16%) say they have often argued with their partner due to Facebook, twitter etc than women (9%). However also 56% of males and 61% of women say they have never had an agrument because of social media.

Interesting when the population reaches 40 and above, social media sites are considerably less likely to "put in a spanner in the works" of a relationship. Compared to the 16-39 years (between 22-21%), only 10% of the 40-49 years, 7% of 50-59 years and 2% of 60-69 years have fallen out with their partners due to Facebook, twitter, whats app etc. Have you ever been asked by your partner to "unfriend" someone, or delete a comment you gave? mingle Trend would love to hear the stories

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Survey data base

Type of survey : British population between 16-69 years of age
Sample :900 British participants selected on a representative basis
Survey time : 30.04.2015 until 05.05.15
Method: Online survey, sample

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