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Kim Lloyd

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Sociology

Abstract

Social media use has changed the way we view advertisements, the way businesses operate, and the way we interact with our families and friends. In this study, I hypothesize that there is an inverse relationship between the amount of time IPFW students spend on social media and the amount of time they spend interacting with friends face to face. Additionally, I hypothesize that this relationship will be stronger for students who are in committed intimate relationships, such as marriage, than for students not in relationships. To test these hypotheses, I gather data from approximately 800 undergraduate IPFW students during the spring semester of 2018. Descriptive and multivariate analyses reveal that these two hypotheses are statistically significant predictors of the dwindling interpersonal face-to-face interactions between friends. For example, findings show that students who use social media have fewer face-to-face interactions with friends during the week; they have even fewer face-to-face interactions with friends when they are in romantic relationships.

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Sociology

Friend Request Rejected: How Social Media Use Affects Interpersonal Communication

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