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Effects of gender and Facebook use on the development of mature interpersonal relationships
Journal of Student Affairs (2014)
  • John D. Foubert, Oklahoma State University
  • Ryan C Masin
Abstract
This study analyzed the effects of gender and the intensity of Facebook use on college students’ development of mature interpersonal relationships at a large Midwestern University. Small, significant negative relationships between the development of mature interpersonal relationships and Facebook use intensity existed, with slightly more negative correlations found when only peer relationships were considered. A two-way ANOVA revealed significant effects of both gender and Facebook use intensity on the development of mature interpersonal relationships. A significant difference was found between heavy and light Facebook users, with students who use Facebook more intensely having less developed mature interpersonal relationships than those who do not. Results are discussed regarding the potential negative influence Facebook use has on mature interpersonal relationships.
Keywords
  • gender,
  • peer relationships,
  • Facebook,
  • social media,
  • Chickering
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
John D. Foubert and Ryan C Masin. "Effects of gender and Facebook use on the development of mature interpersonal relationships" Journal of Student Affairs Vol. 23 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_foubert/54/