The Pleasures and Perils of Technology in Intimate Relationships

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Emily C. Campbell (Creator)
Christine E. Murray, Director (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Technologies have rapidly become pervasive parts of people's lives and relationships. Within intimate couple relationships, partners may use technologies for many functions, including communicating, sharing affection, planning, and learning about one another. There is growing recognition that these functions can create both positive and negative outcomes for couples. The purpose of this study was to conduct an in-depth examination of the potential positive and negative impacts of technology for intimate couple relationships. Data from an electronic survey of 225 undergraduate and graduate university students were subject to content analysis procedures to identify themes in participants’ perspectives toward the impact of technology on their relationships—both beneficial and deleterious. The counseling and research implications of the identified themes are addressed.

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Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Language: English
Date: 2016
technology, intimacy, couple relationships, couple therapy, human-computer interaction

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