Current Project: Communication, Technology, & Relationships

Communication technologies, such as text messaging, social media, and phone calls, are used to maintain relationships of all types, but what impact does this technology have on well-being? How are intimate relationships of couples being transformed by the capabilities allowed by these new communication methods?

Currently, we’re focusing on a project called Parenting Practices in the Digital Age. This project aims to understand how parents create and enforce technology-related rules in their homes, and how teenagers perceive and respond to those rules.

Another project led by our recent PhD Samuel Taylor examines how connected availability, the perception that an attachment figure is always available via communication technology, can be both beneficial and harmful  for subjective well-being.

Taylor, S. H., & Bazarova, N. N. (2016). The Interaction between relational uncertainty and media affordances: An investigation of date request messages across different interpersonal media. Presented at the 2016 Conference for the International Association of Relationship Research, July 20-24, 2016, Toronto, CA.

Taylor, S. H., & Bazarova, N. N. (2017). Media multiplexity in romantic relationships: A longitudinal test of relational closeness, relational uncertainty, and multimedia communication. Presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, May 25-29, 2017, San Diego, CA.

Taylor, S. H., & Bazarova, N. N. (in press). Social media and subjective well-being: A relational perspective. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed). Networked Self: Love.