Its ovr b/n u n me: Technology Use, Attachment Styles, and Gender Roles in Relationship Dissolution

Robert S. Weisskirch, Raquel Delevi

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Relationship dissolution now occurs through technologies like text messaging, e-mail, and social networking sites (SNS). Individuals who experience relationship dissolution via technology may differ in their attachment pattern and gender role attitudes from those who have not had that experience. One hundred five college students (males=21 and females=84) completed an online questionnaire about technology-mediated breakups, attachment style, and gender role attitudes. More than a quarter of the sample had experienced relationship dissolution via technology. Attachment anxiety predicted those subject to technology-mediated breakups. Attachment avoidance and less traditional gender roles were associated with increased likelihood of technology use in relationship dissolution. Implications are discussed in regards to future research and practice. 
Original languageAmerican English
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
StatePublished - 2012


  • Psychology

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