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Running header: FACEBOOK AND CHEATING IN RELATIONSHIPS 1 Facebook And Cheating In Relationships Author’s name Institutional affiliation Date
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FACEBOOK AND CHEATING IN RELATIONSHIPS 2 Relationships, both Impersonal and personal, happen daily. The dynamics of such relationships are affected by numerous factors most of which are outside the relationships themselves. Social Networking sites (SNSs), for example, Facebook have availed an excellent platform for interpersonal communication. A study has shown that Facebook is the most frequently used Social Networking sites to keep in touch with friends and family and to monitor their activities regularly (Smith, n.d., p.58). This study aims at examining whether the use of Facebook may result in physical cheating, emotional cheating which would eventually lead to break up and divorce. In this study, participants were 205 users of Facebook. To obtain their participants, the researchers updated their own profiles statuses on Facebook by adding an online survey link created on . The study was 100% voluntary. Although not limited to this, the most appropriate sample composed of college-aged students. The ages of the participants ranged from 18-82 years of age (mean=33, Standard deviation= 14.26). 89% of the participants were Caucasian, Hispanic constituted 7% of the participants, 2% were Africans, and Asian American constituted 2%. 62% of the participants were female. Materials used was a survey composed of 16 questions. The study was comprised of demographics and questions based on the perceived levels of Facebook use by the participants. Besides, the survey asked the participants whether they had encountered relationship-based conflicts with their former or current partners as a result of high Facebook use levels. Finally, through the investigation, the participants were required to answer whether the high levels of using Facebook led to emotional cheating or physical cheating with either the former or current partner, as well as breakups and divorce.
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