The Impact of Texting on Perceptions of Face-to-Face Communication in Couples in Different Relationship Stages
The authors examine both actor and partner effects of the use of texting on face-to-face communication behaviors in three groups: dating couples (n = 1,217), engaged couples (n = 2,167), and married couples (n = 1,336). Data were taken from the RELATE project (www.relateinstitute.org). Overall, the more an individual used texting to discuss serious issues, broach confrontational subjects, and apologize, the more conflictual face-to-face communication behaviors existed for both themselves and their partners. Similar partner effects were found. When couples used texting to express affection, the less conflictual face-to-face communication behaviors existed for both partners. Clinical implications will be discussed.
KEYWORDS: assessment of couple relationships, marriage/couple relationship functioning, marriage risk factors,