ERIC Number: EJ1048229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
Is Texting Ruining Intimacy? Exploring Perceptions among Sexuality Students in Higher Education
McGee, Michael J.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v9 n4 p404-427 2014
In the context of researchers' and educators' concerns about the pervasive use of technology to communicate with one another, this study explored whether the frequency of emerging adults' computer-mediated communication (CMC) is correlated with their perceptions of intimacy, relationship, and sexual satisfaction. The sample included 298 young adults ages 18-29, primarily female students in human sexuality courses, who had been in a face-to-face romantic relationship for at least six weeks and who used CMC to communicate with their romantic partner. Examining the frequency of CMC, intimacy, and relationship satisfaction, the only significant correlation was with participants who sent a moderate number of emails to their partners in a typical day. There were no significant correlations between sexual satisfaction and frequency of any form of CMC (texting, instant messaging, or email). The findings of this research suggest that the use of CMC among this sample is not problematic. For some, in fact, CMC may be considered a helpful tool for maintaining their relationship.
Descriptors: Synchronous Communication, Sexuality, Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Correlation, Computer Mediated Communication, Young Adults, Sex Education, Electronic Mail, Females, Case Studies, Social Networks, Questionnaires, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania