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Date of Award

Summer 7-23-2018

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Psychological Science

Committee Chair

Shawn Davis, PhD

Abstract

The present study is an exploration of the relationships that exist between technology use, relationship satisfaction, and online infidelity behaviors. The current study aims to determine relationships between enhancing and deterring uses of technology, relationship satisfaction and attachment style (anxious and avoidant), and hypothetical online infidelity behaviors (self and partner). Participants completed a series of questionnaires including a demographic questionnaire and measures of technology use, online infidelity, relationship satisfaction, and experiences in close romantic relationships. It was found that relationship satisfaction negatively correlated with relationship reducing uses of technology while relationship satisfaction was not correlated with enhancing uses of technology. It was also found that both enhancing and reducing uses of technology were positively correlated with attachment-anxiety. In addition, no relationship was found between attachment-avoidance and uses of technology in a relationship. When looking at relationship satisfaction, uses of technology and perceptions of online infidelity behaviors, significant relationships between the variables were largely not found. Significant paired samples t-test indicated people were more likely to rate behaviors more highly as being seen as infidelity when they did the behavior themselves versus when their partner engaged in the same behavior. Findings and future directions of the research are discussed.

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