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Digital Social Media in Adolescents' Negotiating Real Virtual Romantic Relationships

Digital Social Media in Adolescents' Negotiating Real Virtual Romantic Relationships
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Author(s): Catherine Ann Cameron (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Arantxa Mascarenas (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: The Psychology and Dynamics Behind Social Media Interactions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Malinda Desjarlais (Mount Royal University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9412-3.ch004

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Abstract

Previous grounded theoretical analyses of rural adolescents' romantic relationship discussions identified media as critical conditions in negotiating gender expectations in intimate relations. More recent emergent fit analyses of urban teenagers' discussions of virtual romantic relationships extended original theories to consider a lack of confidence in communicating adequately in the context of using digital social media. The current research specifically investigated emergent fit analyses of digital media influences on relationships. Urban participants identified online platforms' playing significant roles in 1) signaling interest, 2) initiating, 3) maintaining exchanges, and 4) dissolving romantic relationships. Participants both complained and commended asynchronous digital media in exacerbating discomfort/comfort in communicating intimately. Participants sought guidance in transforming contextually complex intimate relational communications into a healthy reciprocity.

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