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Rescooped by Aubrey Sanderson from Technology and Marketing! - Computers in Human Behavior - Young adults’ use of communication technology within their romantic relationships and associations with attachment style

In an online survey with two cohorts (2009 and 2011) of undergraduates in dating relationships, we examined how attachment was related to communication technology use within romantic relationships. Participants reported on their attachment style and frequency of in-person communication as well as phone, text messaging, social network site (SNS), and electronic mail usage with partners. Texting and SNS communication were more frequent in 2011 than 2009. Attachment avoidance was related to less frequent phone use and texting, and greater email usage. Electronic communication channels (phone and texting) were related to positive relationship qualities, however, once accounting for attachment, only moderated effects were found. Interactions indicated texting was linked to more positive relationships for highly avoidant (but not less avoidant) participants. Additionally, email use was linked to more conflict for highly avoidant (but not less avoidant) participants. Finally, greater use of a SNS was positively associated with intimacy/support for those higher (but not lower) on attachment anxiety. This study illustrates how attachment can help to explain why the use of specific technology-based communication channels within romantic relationships may mean different things to different people, and that certain channels may be especially relevant in meeting insecurely attached individuals’ needs.  





Via Zhendan (Max) Wang
Zhendan (Max) Wang's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:02 AM

New generation's so sticked to the technology. It's almost as important as their other body parts especially mouths.

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Teens, Smartphones & Texting | Pew Research

Teens, Smartphones & Texting | Pew Research | technology creates faulty relationships |

Teens are fervent communicators. Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends and peers, parents, teachers, coaches...

The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. In addition, smartphones are gaining teenage users. Some 23% of all those ages 12-17 say they have a smartphone and ownership is highest among older teens: 31% of those ages 14-17 have a smartphone, compared with just 8% of youth ages 12-13.

For a look at the infographic, which looks at teens and texting, and that was published in July 2011 go to:


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Text messaging and communication

Text messaging and communication | technology creates faulty relationships |

These girls are merely centimeters away, and yet are making plans for lunch and offering compliments about clothing via text. What effect has texting had on our social skills? Whatever happened to casual face-to-face conversation? Body language and tone of voice, which texting is completely devoid of, convey our feelings far more effectively than words alone. Often the true meaning of words is lost through texting and even social media as we cannot convey emotion - only text - so occasionally even a joke may be interpreted as antagnoism, possibly resuting in an fierce argument that may otherwise have been prevented through face-to-face contact.  


Research by James Borg has shown that body language and paralingusitic cues constitute 93% of face-to-face communication, while the words said only account for 7%. With texting completely lacking the ability to convey body language and paralingustic cues - with the exception of emoticons, although even those are highly limited and superficial - how will young teenagers who have grown up in a world of mobile phones and text messaging develop effective social and communication skills? What are the implications of this on future generations? Will text messaging make the entirety of our society socialling and communicationally incompetent in only a few decades?

Via James Virth
Aubrey Sanderson's insight:

It's not what you say, it's how you say it. How can we communicate effectively if we don't understand what our friends are truly saying?

Jeanine Weinreb's comment, April 2, 2015 3:10 PM
What are the answers to these questions? I know texting is fairly new and there isn't much research done, but as an educator this is something I would like to find out, how will these young teenagers communicate and socialize effectively?
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The Rising Rate of Divorce

The Rising Rate of Divorce | technology creates faulty relationships |

shows rising rates of divorce in America


Aubrey Sanderson's insight:

Does the rise of divorce rates have technology to thank?

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