Facebook disclosure's impact on relational satisfaction and maintenance: a comparative analysis between long-distance romantic relationships and geographically close relationships

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2014

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Zhong, Lingzi

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The primary proposes of this study are to investigate the impact of public self-disclosure on Facebook on long-distance romantic relationship partners' relational satisfaction and maintenance and to compare such an impact between long-distance romantic relationship partners and geographically close relationship partners under the theoretical framework of communication privacy management. This study employed 632 online surveys for analysis. Study results revealed that both the frequency of Facebook disclosure and the motivations to disclose were positively related to long-distance romantic relationship partners' relational satisfaction and maintenance. Study results also indicated that there was not a significant difference between long-distance romantic relationships and geographically close relationships in terms of the impact of Facebook disclosure on relational satisfaction and maintenance. These results were analyzed from the perspective of communication privacy management theory.

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Technology and relationships, Communication privacy

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Communication