Edited By Carol J. Bruess
12. Love Letters Lost?: Gender and the Preservation of Digital and Paper Communication from Romantic Relationships
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Gender and the Preservation of Digital and Paper Communication from Romantic Relationships
MICHELLE Y. JANNING NEAL J. CHRISTOPHERSON
AUTHOR NOTE: The authors wish to express appreciation to Emma Snyder for her survey research assistance, and Carol Bruess for her encouragement and editorial advice. The authors also wish to thank Alissa Cordner and David Hutson for comments on earlier drafts of this chapter. Correspondence concerning this chapter should be addressed to Michelle Janning, Department of Sociology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to remembering love, does the act of unpacking and unfolding mean something different than the act of swiping and scrolling?
A recent New Yorker article highlights a South Korean app called “Between,” a digital system for romantically involved couples to privately exchange everything from text and voice messages to photos, notes, and stickers, all of which are saved in a virtual pine-colored “memory box” meant to digitally mimic the keepsake, under-the-bed boxes and underwear drawers where special romantic messages were once preserved (Collins, 2013). More recently, an article in The Atlantic reveals gender differences in how young men and women save “sexts”; teenage boys tend to save and share sexts with male friends as a form of currency or status to show their friends, and girls tend to save sexts as markers of relationship stages ← 245 | 246 → and...
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