Title

Navigating romantic relationships on Facebook: extending the relational dissolution model to social networking environments

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

The present study explores how people use social networking sites to adjust to breakups by studying their postdissolution behaviors. We apply Rollie and Duck’s (2006) relationship dissolution model by examining how collegiate Facebook users (N = 208) enact behaviors in breakups to extend the model to online environments during and after breakups. Furthermore, we employed a retrospective design utilizing qualitative methods to define categories of behavioral responses to a breakup on Facebook. The analysis revealed online behaviors that overlapped with the dissolution model as well as paralleled previous research into online behaviors. Results are discussed using the relationship dissolution model framework to individuals modifying online relationship statuses, “unfriending” previous partners, and limiting profile access in order to manage relationship termination.

Volume

32

Issue

1

pp.

78-98

ISSN

0265-4075