Social Networks and Relationships

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Social Networks and Relationships, Yay or Nay?
Malynda Robinson
Kean University

Abstract

15 students from Kean University were surveyed to measure social networks’ connections with the development, maintenance and closure of relationships. The purpose of the survey was to determine whether or not social networks are healthy for relationships. Facebook was listed as one of the networks that is most frequently visited and consumed a lot respondent’s time. 53% have facebook accounts, 6% have twitter accounts, 33% have both accounts and 6% have neither account, M=2.27 SD= 1.16. The amount of hours a person spends on social networks had a significant interaction with the ending of relationships. Findings show that the more partners communicate through social networks the more likely their relationship will be maintained. There was a statistical significance r=.84 p< .05 in jealousy and people end relationships; the more jealous they are or become the more likely the relationship will end. There was no statistical significance between gender and other variables in this study. (155/2,237)

Literature Review
It is no shocker that technology is used every day of our lives. One technology source that we can’t seem to get enough of is computers. Social networks are a place where many people base their lives on. Hall supported his views on the amount of time College students spent on social networks, their motives for using these networks, and their levels of extroversion, outgoing or sociable person (Oxford dictionary, 1997) and neuroticism, a personality trait characterized instability, anxiety, and aggression (World English Dictionary, (2009) . To find how each were related to one another or the highest rate of the four, a survey was given to 101 college students. Results of the study showed that the overall motives for using social networks were for entertainment, information, relationship development, relationship maintenance, and trend following (Hall, 2009). There were many associations between the motives and the levels of extraversion and neuroticism but the one that overshadowed them all was, “extraversion was associated with time spent on the sites and with endorsement of relationship maintenance and time-passing entertainment motives.” (Hall, A. (2009). This association demonstrates that those college students have an extravert personality. Facebook was used as the tool to help those with a high extroversion score to maintain existing relationships. The survey was given to only college undergraduate student therefore the findings were not enough to make a generalized to a larger population. Facebook was a main social network site discussed in the article because it was initially created for college students and they are the most active users. As facebook goes, it will become more appealing and addictive to all users. Hempel, J, and Kowitt B discuss the growth, financial strength and people’s addiction to facebook (social network site). The article went into depth of the purpose of 24-year-old CEO Mark Zuckerberg's facebook creation and his future plans for the social network site. Facebook has expanded nationwide and it was stated that “…it grows at a rate of five million new users a week.” (Hempel, J & Kowitt B, (2009). Facebook was initially made for college students between 18 and 24 years old but due to growth and trend it has exceeded its age limit. The article introduced Peter Lichtenstein, 57 a chiropractor and acupuncturist who didn’t think facebook was necessary or appealing to his daily life. He got persuaded o become a member because his long time friend posted a link of photos and refused to distribute them any other way. He like other middle aged people have joined the army of over 175 million. (Hempel, J & Kowitt B, (2009). According to Comscore people are logged...
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