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Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media


Edited By Carol J. Bruess

Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media is an innovative collection of contemporary data-driven research and theorizing about how digital and social media are affecting and changing nearly every aspect of family interaction over the lifespan. The research and thinking featured in the book reflects the intense growth of interest in families in the digital age. Chapters explore communication among couples, families, parents, adolescents, and emerging adults as their realities are created, impacted, changed, structured, improved, influenced and/or inhibited by cell phones, smartphones, personal desktop and laptop computers, MP3 players, e-tablets, e-readers, email, Facebook, photo sharing, Skype, Twitter, SnapChat, blogs, Instagram, and other emerging technologies. Each chapter significantly advances thinking about how digital media have become deeply embedded in the lives of families and couples, as well as how they are affecting the very ways we as twenty-first-century communicators see ourselves and, by extension, conceive of and behave in our most intimate and longest-lasting relationships.
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21. Nonresidential Parenting and New Media Technologies: A Double-Edged Sword



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A Double-Edged Sword

Falon Kartch

California State University, Fresno


University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Nonresidential parents (NRPs) are defined as parents who do not live with one or more of their biological children all or most of the time (Braithwaite & Baxter, 2006; Herrerias, 1995). Individuals can become NRPs in a number of ways: after a divorce, after a cohabiting relationship ends, or if children are born outside of a marital/committed relationship. Even in joint custody situations, it is common for one parent to have primary physical placement, making the other parent nonresidential by default (Ganong & Coleman, 2004). The focus of this chapter will be post-divorce NRPs, parents who often must redefine and modify parenting practices to adapt to their new family system. Because NRPs are geographically separated from their children on a regular basis, they often use various technologies to maintain familial connections with their children (Rollie Rodriguez, 2014). As such, post-divorce, nonresidential parenting is an important context in which to examine digital-age family communication.

Nonresidential Parenting

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