The Role of Facebook in Romantic Relationships: A Study of the Effects of Facebook Official among Korean Young Adults
연인관계에서 페이스북의 역할: FBO가 한국 청년들에게 미치는 영향을 중심으로

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dc.contributor.authorSoo-yun Ahn-
dc.description학위논문 (석사)-- 서울대학교 대학원 : 언론정보학과, 2016. 8. 박승관.-
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on the possible psychological changes that can emerge when couples in a romantic relationship share SNS activities and publicly announce them to their respective networks. An online survey (n = 517) was conducted among young Korean adults currently in a romantic relationship. This study examined the Facebook use and the portrayals of their romantic relationship on their Facebook profile.

Previous research provides ample evidence that the use of Facebook can change the satisfaction levels of relationships. This study specifically focuses on the importance of Facebook official (FBO) ― officially announcing a romantic relationship online ― in making differences in relationship satisfaction by investigating the amount of romantic relationship information couples publicize on Facebook and the level of between-couple equality in publication.

Results showed that both men and women who were publicly going FBO generally experienced a higher relationship satisfaction than those who were not. Gender differences were detected in the level of satisfaction when publicizing romantic relationship status on Facebook. Generally men experienced higher relationship satisfaction than women when publicizing their romantic relationship status online. Men also displayed higher levels of satisfaction when their degree of participation in publicizing romantic relationship on Facebook increased. For women, this factor was not strong enough to alter their overall relationship satisfaction. Lastly, level of equality in Facebook participation positively affected the relationship satisfaction among men. However, for women, again, this did not affect their relationship satisfaction level. Implications of these findings were discussed.
dc.description.tableofcontentsChapter 1. Introduction 1
1.1 Purpose of Research & Study background 1
1.2 Research Question and Hypotheses 5

Chapter 2. Theoretical Backgrounds 7
2.1 Uses and gratification theory 7
2.2 Uses and gratifiactions on Facebook Relationships 12
2.3 SNSs and romantic relationships 13
2.4 Romantic relationship satisfaction 15
2.5 Gender and romantic relationship on Facebook 17
2.6 Degree of Participation on Facebook 20
2.7 Equal Participation on Facebook 24

Chapter 3. Research Question and Hypotheses 27
3.1 Model of Research 27
3.2 Research Question and Hypotheses 27

Chapter 4. Method 31
4.1 Participants 31
4.2 Measures 33

Chapter 5. Results 40
5.1 Descriptive Analysis 40
5.2 Hypothesis Testing 41

Chapter 6. Conclusion and Discussion 49
6.1 Conclusion 49
6.1 Implications 53
6.2 Limitations and Future Research 54

References 55

Appendix 68

Abstract in Korean 88
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dc.publisher서울대학교 대학원-
dc.subjectRomantic relationship-
dc.subjectFacebook Official-
dc.subjectDegree of Participation-
dc.subjectRomantic relationship information-
dc.subjectEqual participation-
dc.titleThe Role of Facebook in Romantic Relationships: A Study of the Effects of Facebook Official among Korean Young Adults-
dc.title.alternative연인관계에서 페이스북의 역할: FBO가 한국 청년들에게 미치는 영향을 중심으로-
dc.contributor.affiliation사회과학대학 언론정보학과-
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