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?

In one series of studies, we investigated how college students begin and maintain romantic relationships using communication technologies. How do they prefer to ask one another on dates? And what media do they use to communicate when they’re in geographically close vs. distant relationships?

In another study, we’re examining how technology shapes the well-being of married, cohabitating couples. Do they text their partner when they’re sad? Does this change their mood? We are currently developing a smartphone application that collects communication meta-data, such as timestamps, from text messages, cell phone calls, and Facebook use, as well as survey data, to gather information to answer these questions.

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.