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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (12) : 1926-1933     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01926
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The role of social networking sites in romantic relationships
NIU Lu; LEI Li; XIE Xiaochun
(Department of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing, 100872, China)
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Abstract  

With the development of the Internet, Social Network Sites (SNS) play more and more important roles in romantic relationships. SNS accelerate the formation of romantic relationships, and enhance relationship satisfaction. However, SNS also tend to cause jealousy and surveillance. Besides, SNS alter the behavior model of the individuals to end romantic relationships. Exposure to online information about ex-partners can slow down the healing process and personal growth after relationship dissolution. In the future, researchers need to pay attention to adolescents and online relationship groups and examine individuals’ psychological change characteristics through diary method and ecological momentary assessment method. Besides, researchers should focus on mental health problems, avoiding the negative effects of SNS.

Keywords social networking sites      romantic relationship      jealousy     
Corresponding Authors: LEI Li, E-mail: dr.leili@qq.com   
Issue Date: 15 December 2016
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NIU Lu,LEI Li,XIE Xiaochun. The role of social networking sites in romantic relationships[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(12): 1926-1933.
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