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The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationships

Edited by Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter and Jason S. Wrench - Contributions by V. Santiago Arias; Megan Bassick; Jennifer L. Bevan; Kate G. Blackburn; Derek R. Blackwell; Eryn Bostwick; Nicholas Brody; John P. Caughlin; Gina Masullo Chen; Jonathan D. D'Angelo; Jayson L. Dibble; Jesse Fox; Jessica Frampton; Jennifer Huemmer; Amy Janan Johnson; Brianna L. Lane; Leah E. LeFebvre; Hinda Mandell; Terri Manley; Paromita Pain; Cameron W. Piercy; Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter; Nathian Shae Rodriguez; Liesel Sharabi; Hua Su; Catalina L. Toma and Jason S. Wrench

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The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationships is the communication field’s most major, comprehensive volume of the study of social media and romantic relationship development. It is the first volume in the discipline of communication studies intended to provide an overview of romantic development that includes all types of social media, such as Tinder and Facebook. The volume contains several major communication and media scholars who have researched social media and romantic relationship development. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 288Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-4448-1 • Hardback • May 2017 • $105.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-4985-4449-8 • eBook • May 2017 • $104.99 • (£70.00) (coming soon)
Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter is associate professor of communication studies at Texas Tech University.

Jason S. Wrench is associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Contents

Chapter 1: From the Front Porch to Swiping Right: The Impact of Technology on Modern Dating
Jason S. Wrench andNarissra M. Punyanunt-Carter

Unit One: Understanding Social Media & Romantic Relationships

Chapter 2: Usage Patterns of Social Media Across Stages of Romantic Relationships
Liesel Sharabi and John P. Caughlin

Chapter 3:Making Sense of Becoming Facebook Official: Implications for Identity and Time
Brianna L. Lane and Cameron W. Piercy

Chapter 4:Millennials use of Online Applications for Romantic Development
Terri Manley

Chapter 5:Revisiting the Investment Model of Relationships in Light of Technologically Mediated Communication
Jayson L. Dibble

Unit Two: Different Contexts and Variables

Chapter 6:Male Same-Sex Dating in the Digital-Mobile Age
Nathian Shae Rodriguez and Jennifer Huemmer

Chapter 7:“Love Isn’t Just for the Young” Examining the Online Dating Experiences of Older Adults
Derek R. Blackwell

Chapter 8:Long-distance Versus Geographically Close Romantic Relationships: The Effects of Social Media on the Development and Maintenance of These Relationships
Amy Janan Johnson, Eryn Bostwick, and Megan Bassick

Chapter 9:Love in Mediated Landscape: The Socio-Spatial Logic of Young Chinese Lovers’ Media Use
Hua Su

Chapter 10:Connecting Profile-to-Profile: How People Self-Present and Form Impressions of Others through Online Dating Profiles
Catalina L. Toma and Jonathan D. D’Angelo

Unit Three: Turbulence

Chapter 11: Liking, Creeping, and Password Sharing: Romantic Jealousy Experience and Expression and Social Networking Sites
Jennifer L. Bevan

Chapter 12:Social Media Stressors in Developing Romantic Relationships
Jesse Fox & Jessica Frampton

Unit Four: Dissolution

Chapter 13:#SadWife and #HappyHusband: The Performance of Unattainable Marital Ideals on Facebook
Hinda Mandell, Gina Masullo Chen, and Paromita Pain

Chapter 14:Phantom Lovers: Ghosting as a Relationship Dissolution Strategy in the Technological Age
Leah E. LeFebvre

Chapter 15:Post-Dissolution Surveillance on Social Networking Sites
Nicholas Brody, Leah E. LeFebvre, and Kate G. Blackburn

Unit Five: Conclusion

Chapter 16:Future Directions for Swiping Right: The Impact of Technology on Modern Dating
V. Santiago Arias, Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, and Jason S. Wrench

About the Editors and Contributors

From personal ads to ghosting, this edited volume of empirical and review articles from communication experts throughout the U.S. provides insight into the changes in romantic communication that have occurred over the last decade, as technology has become a ubiquitous medium for social interaction. This is a great resource for any student or scholar who wants a cohesive and current overview of the ways in which technology is affecting how we communicate with romantic partners.
Michelle Drouin, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne


Understanding the ways in which social media have changed the ways that we initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships is an essential part of contemporary interpersonal communication courses. Instructors will find this text to be an essential addition to their assigned readings as it encourages critical thinking and personal reflection in exploring how relationships have been influenced by social media. Students will absolutely connect with the content and engage in class discussions as they make connections between classical theories of communication in contemporary relationships. Perfect as a stand-alone text for a special topics class or as a supplement to interpersonal courses!
Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ohio University


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