Date

6-2016

Degree Name

BA in Communication Studies

Department

Communication Studies Department

Advisor(s)

Julia K. Woolley

Abstract

Abstract

This study seeks to understand the association between texting habits and characteristics and partner perceptions of intimate relationships. This study investigates multiple aspects of texting such as: temporality, participants’ perceived satisfaction with their significant other, length of text messages, frequency of communication, among others. It is hypothesized that texting etiquette and its various sub-components will be influential in how participants will rate their level of satisfaction (closeness, intimacy, emotional support, and effort) with their significant other. Ten in-depth interviews were conducted with college-aged participants. They were asked questions regarding the texting etiquette of their significant other as well as their own texting etiquette. While no distinctive associations were discovered between my research variables, multiple theories of communication will be used in order to help explain and provide support for the data that was collected and analyzed.