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||Smartphone, Smart love？Exploring the Role of App in the Romantic Relationship Communications|
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||social exchange theory
||As the smart phone has gradually become a significant part of our life, the comprehensive function of smart phone leads some critical changes in the communication between people. Further, among the smart phone users an entire different style of communication starts to emerge which can be seen as the result of the new technology brought by the smart phone such as; instant internet accessibility and large variety of optional applications. This study focuses on the communication in the romantic relationship. The impact of the smart phone and its role in today's modern society will be examined with the reference of self-disclosure theory, attachment theory, social exchange theory, and equity theory to achieve a general conclusion. |
This study finds that the communication between smart phone users is not bounded by the stereotype of verbal and words only style. People can achieve a great diversity of information exchange and daily life sharing to their romantic partner. The context of the communication can be text, photos, videos clips and real time video chat via different Apps available online. These Apps give the engaged couple the ability of daily life micro-coordination and emotional hyper-coordination. They can participate in each other’s life event in time without physical presence.
When people communicate their romantic partner with Apps, the "presence of the respond" and “the length of the respond" becomes an important part in the fair relationship. Different perception of the role of the Apps in a fair relationship can be observed from different partnership dynamics and attachment style. First, the relationship of the "secure- attachment style" tends to focus on the aspect of sharing life experience and companionship with their partner. The intimacy is established base on the good interaction since the aspect of "fair" has not been over-emphasized.
On the contrast, the "anxious-attachment style" has different perception. “Fair” is a major issue in the App communications with their partner. The emotion of "unfair" can be created by the absence of respond or late respond. Also, a short respond can raise the anxiety perception of the individual and tension in the relationship. Most likely the Apps will be simultaneously used as a tool to monitor each other's daily life.
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