Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Autumn Edwards
Dr. Chad Edwards
Dr. Patric Spence
attachment theory, hyperpersonal model, maintenance, satisfaction, long-distance
Masters Thesis-Open Access
In this study, individuals in long-distance and geographically close romantic relationships are surveyed to examine if there are differences in regards to one's relationship maintenance, affectionate communication, and relationship satisfaction via Facebook that is exhibited to a romantic partner. Attachment theory also is utilized to examine the same variables, but to assess if the results vary by attachment style. Both this theory as well as the hyperpersonal model (Walther, 1996) is used to guide this research. This model is typically used to explain why initial interactions among strangers can lead to heightened levels of communication and idealization, but limited research has examined the model in conjunction with those who are in already-established relationships, such as romantic ones. The results of this study suggest that there are few differences in Facebook use for individuals with varying attachment styles and relationship types. Thus, Facebook likely is not a primary medium individuals use to communicate with a romantic partner, although some findings indicate it still is beneficial.
Gentile, Christina J., "Using Attachment Theory and the Hyperpersonal Model to Examine Relationship Maintenance, Satisfaction, and Affectionate Communication in Romantic Relationships" (2013). Masters Theses. 123.