Internet use and romantic relationships among college students

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Date: Mar. 2014
From: North American Journal of Psychology(Vol. 16, Issue 1)
Publisher: North American Journal of Psychology
Document Type: Report
Length: 3,525 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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Use of the internet has become a part of everyday life for the typical college student. Although the internet has enormous potential for improving the academic experience, it can also interfere with various aspects of student development. This study examined the connection between internet use and romantic relationships among a sample of 203 college students. Students in a romantic relationship were found to spend significantly less time on the internet than those who were not in a romantic relationship. Furthermore, for women, but not men, involved in romantic relationships, more internet use was associated with less satisfaction with their relationships and less overall life satisfaction. Whereas recent studies have emphasized the benefits of the internet (particularly social networking sites) for non-intimate interpersonal relationships, our findings suggest that these benefits may not generalize to college students' romantic relationships.

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