Edited By Carol J. Bruess
10. What Marriage and Family Therapists Tell Us about Improving Couple Relationships through Technology
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FRED P. PIERCYDANA RIGERCHRISTINA VOSKANOVAWEI-NING CHANGEMILY HAUGENLEONARD STURDIVANT
AUTHOR NOTE: We would like to acknowledge support for this project from the Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families and the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
New technologies are shaping the ways we form and maintain our relationships. While technology can certainly have its shadow side, with the potential to distance partners and facilitate affairs (Cravens, Leckie, & Whiting, 2013; Kerkhof, Finkenauer, & Muusses, 2011; Toma, 2013), new technologies such as social media, Internet resources, texting, and video chatting can also help couples strengthen their relationships. For example, technology can help couples better manage conflict (Pettigrew, 2009; Scissors & Gergle, 2013). According to a Pew Research Internet Project poll (Lenhart & Duggan, 2014), digital technology such as texting helps some couples communicate better and feel closer to one another. Scissors and ← 207 | 208 → Gergle (2013) found that computer-mediated communication, for example, can help angry couples slow down and cool off.
The choices a partner makes on social media can contribute to higher levels of personal and relationship satisfaction (Papp, Danielewicz, & Cayemberg, 2012). For example, the time people spend viewing and editing personal information on social media may predict relationship improvement; partner portrayal of relationships on Facebook hold importance for relationship...
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