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Social Media Addiction in Committed Relationships: What Factors Make Partners More Susceptible to Social Media Addiction?

What Factors Make Our Romantic Relationship Vulnerable?

Excessive social media use adversely affects romantic relationships due to jealousy, envy, suspicion, surveillance, and infidelity. Social media use is linked with low relationship commitment due to the presence of online alternative romantic partners with whom time and emotions are invested regularly.

Research Question

What factors make partners more susceptible to social media addiction?

Recent research (Abbasi, 2018) showed that age is negatively linked with social media addiction and the total number of social media accounts one has. That is, younger partners had higher social media addiction scores and reported having a greater number of social media accounts. Social media addiction was also negatively linked to romantic relationship commitment. Finally, individuals who had higher social media addiction scores also reported having a greater number of social media accounts than those with low social media addiction scores.Abbasi, I. S. (2018a). Social media and committed relationships: What factors make our romantic relationship vulnerable? Social Science Computer Review, 37(3), 425-434. doi: 10.1177/0894439318770609 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0894439318770609

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Dr. Abbasi founded mindfulrelation.com as a ‘go-to-website’ where couples can learn ways to avoid harmful online behaviors and improve the quality of their relationship. In her research, Dr. Abbasi examined how social media use is linked with romantic relationship problems, mental health, personality, and mood.
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