Textationships: An exploratory qualitative study of intimate text-based relationships

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Jennifer Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-22T15:06:36Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-22T15:06:36Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2097/41293
dc.description.abstract This qualitative, exploratory study examines how people use communication technology to develop new forms of intimate romantic relationships called Textationships. For the first time in human history, individuals are able to transmit billions of bits of text between people around the world. Text communication has morphed beyond its original informational uses; it now includes deeply personal exchanges. Utilizing a collective case study design, a diverse sample of 6 middle-aged women engaged in text-only relationships were interviewed using a semi-structured open-ended questionnaire. Following a pilot phase to enhance its reliability and content validity, the final questionnaire targeted three key domains guiding research – context, intimacy, and motivation. Thematic coding of their narrative responses by two experienced coders was conducted. Several themes were reliably derived within each of the relationship domains. Within-case analyses revealed that the participants achieved high levels of intimacy and interdependence in their Textationships. Between-case themes included avoidance, secrecy, investment, interdependence, online disinhibition and issues of distance. Discussion of research implications and specific suggestions for future research are presented. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Doctoral Dissertation Research Award by the College of Health and Human Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Textationships, Computer Mediated Communications, Computer Mediated Intimate Relationships, Electronic Mediated Communications en_US
dc.title Textationships: An exploratory qualitative study of intimate text-based relationships en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department School of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Rick J. Scheidt en_US
dc.date.published 2021 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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