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Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research

Abstract

This study sought to examine the relationship between the use of the social networking platform Facebook and relational satisfaction and jealousy within long-distance dating relationships (LDDRs). With Uncertainty Reduction Theory as a theoretical foundation, we examined existing literature on Facebook’s effects on LDDRs to inform our predictions, and conducted a cross-sectional survey of 74 undergraduate students either currently or recently engaged in a long-distance relationship. Our results show that inequality in Facebook use by LD partners is positively correlated with feelings of jealousy. Although two of our predictions were not strongly supported, our results do suggest a weak relationship between Facebook use and relational dissatisfaction.

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Robert Ballard

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