An online survey was conducted where 255 respondents provided information about their significant other. Respondents answered questions dealing with elements of relationship satisfaction, Facebook usage, surveillance, and jealousy. Results indicate a correlation between Facebook usage and relationship satisfaction. Individuals with varying levels of Facebook usage were shown to have a positive correlation with jealousy levels in their relationship, meaning as Facebook use increased, jealousy also increased. Altman and Taylor's theory of social penetration (1973) was used to describe the stages in a relationship from orientation into a relationship of stable exchange. This developmental theory illustrated the growth in relationship phases. Results found stage of relationship did not have a significant effect on the amount of surveillance within a relationship.
Communication and Media Technologies (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Communication (CLA)
John E. Edlund
Farrugia, Rianne C., "Facebook and Relationships: A Study of How Social Media Use is Affecting Long-Term Relationships" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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