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HDFS notes 13

by: Camryn McCabe

HDFS notes 13 HDFS 129

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Camryn McCabe
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notes from guest lecture on 4/5 on technology in relationships
Intro to HDFS
Molly Countermine
Class Notes
HDFS, Technology
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Camryn McCabe on Thursday April 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HDFS 129 at a university taught by Molly Countermine in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 21 views.


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Date Created: 04/07/16
HDFS 129 notes 4/5 Technology in Couple Relationships “Technology”- TV, cell phones, computers, video games, tablets, internet  Research finds that there is more frequent use when… o Young adult v. older adult o Have a need for or like connecting a lot  High extroversion (lots of people to contact) or feeling lonely (no one else to contact with, so connect with technology) o Feeling down or uncomfortable with social interactions  Depressed, low self-esteem  Media Richness Theory (Daft & Lengel, 1986) o Technologies differ in the type of communication they provide and how intimate and connected one can be o Ex.) Phone call: rich, synchronous, can hear voice tone Text/email: less rich, asynchronous, less info Attachment Theory (internal working model) o Secure- trusting o Avoidant- shy away o Anxious- insecure, reassure themselves (ambivalent in infancy)  What will each type likely choose to do with technology in their romantic relationship o Secure  Communicate more openly in phone  Less likely to avoid conflict on phone  More likely to express feelings o Avoidant  Call less often, prefer email/text o Anxious  Use phone more compulsively  More likely to experience break-up via texting The good for relationships  Research says… (Coyne 2011, Schade 2013) o 82% of couples text multiple times a day o Good to express affection via text o Related to good communication and good relationship satisfaction  “Sending” is even better than “receiving” HDFS 129 notes 4/5 o Some report they are better able to communicate via text o Can promote relationship to outside world  Posting to Facebook o Chatting online enhances self-disclosure and feelings of connection o Shared leisure time o All good as long as face-to-face isn’t replaced The bad for relationships  Bad texting o Broach a controversial subject o Be mean o When it replaces face-to-face conversations  Unbalanced o You texting partner more than they text you  Problems with time, content  Problematic use o Pulled toward phone; hard to resist checking o Too much time on it o Feel anxious about receiving messages o Turn to phone when you feel down o Feel lost w/o phone Technoference  Due to always-on and ever-present nature of technology, interruptions can be common  These interruptions are termed “technoference”  % who say tech. interferes at least once a day o 62% in couple leisure time o 35% in middle of couple conversation o 33% in couple meal time  Related to worse relationship satisfaction


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