Labyrinth of passion on Facebook: Individuals' attitudes towards electronic observation of romantic partners
Previous studies have shown that individuals hold different opinions about electronic observation of romantic partners. Furthermore, it has been suggested that attachment style and personality traits have an impact on the dynamics of romantic relationships and on the way individuals relate to Facebook usage. This study used an independent group design to test the hypotheses that individuals who scored high in avoidant and anxious attachment style would hold negative attitudes towards electronic observation of romantic partners. Individuals who scored high in secure attachment style would hold positive attitudes towards this behaviour. Additionally, the present study predicted that individuals who scored high in neuroticism would hold negative attitudes towards electronic observation of romantic partners. Individuals who scored high in extraversion and agreeableness would hold positive attitudes towards this observational behaviour. 99 participants reported their opinion about a fictional character who observed his partner's Facebook profile frequently. Participants also completed the Big-Five Inventory and the Revised Experience in Close Relationships (ECR-R) Questionnaire. None of the hypotheses were supported. Results were discussed according to Bowlby's theory of Attachment Style and information processing related to individuals' internal working models. Furthermore, the normal integration of Facebook as a daily surveillance tool was considered.
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