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The Use of Social Networking Sites for Relationship Maintenance in Long-Distance and Geographically Close Romantic Relationships

Publication: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume 18, Issue Number 3


Social networking sites (SNS) play an increasingly important role in maintaining geographically close romantic relationships (GCRR). However, knowledge about SNS use in long-distance romantic relationships (LDRR) is still lacking. The present study examined the relative importance of SNS in maintaining LDRR compared to GCRR, particularly with regard to the use of SNS to express involvement (via relational maintenance behaviors) and to gauge a partner's involvement (via partner surveillance and jealousy) in the relationship. An online survey was conducted among predominantly young adult Facebook users who were in a romantic relationship (N=272). Results showed that participants who were in a LDRR reported higher levels of relational maintenance behaviors through SNS than participants who were in a GCRR. Also, as compared to participants who were in a GCRR, participants who were in a LDRR used SNS more for partner surveillance and experienced higher levels of SNS jealousy.

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cover image Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume 18Issue Number 3March 2015
Pages: 152 - 157
PubMed: 25751046


Published online: 9 March 2015
Published in print: March 2015


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Cherrie Joy Billedo, MA
Department of Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Department of Psychology, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines.
Peter Kerkhof, PhD
Department of Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Catrin Finkenauer, PhD
Department of Clinical Child and Family Studies, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Address correspondence to:Cherrie Joy BilledoDepartment of Communication ScienceVU University AmsterdamDe Boelelaan 10811081 HV AmsterdamThe Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]

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