Can You Handle the Distance? A look into Social Media & the Effects on Long-Distance Relationships

By: Bailey House, Marisa McGinty, and Linzy Heim (2017)

Concordia University, St. Paul

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch

The following research study focused on long distance romantic relationships and the communication used when faced with separation. Many different medias are utilized in relational maintenance and the literature review of this paper explores those options. Online communication and numerous social media sites can positively or negatively affect the relationship quality. After analyzing secondary research, a primary research study was conducted monitoring one newly formed college age couple and their communication for a four-week time period. When looking at the information and data collected, there were numerous examples to show the Social Penetration Theory in this couple’s growing relationship. The final section offers limitations and suggestions for further research of similar studies.

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