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Sociala Medier - en källa till konflikt?: En pilotstudie om vilken inverkan sociala medier har på dynamiken i romantiska relationer
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, St Lukas Educational Institute.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Social Media - a source of conflict? : A pilot study regarding the effects of social media on romantic relationships (English)
Abstract [sv]

Sociala mediers stora utbredning de senaste åren har inneburit ett ökat intresse för hur de påverkar oss i våra romantiska relationer. Tidigare forskning har med kvantitativa metoder bland annat kunnat påvisa en positiv korrelation mellan överdrivet användande av sociala medier och grad av upplevd svartsjuka och ensamhet. Denna studie avsåg att genom kvalitativa djupintervjuer med fem unga vuxna undersöka huruvida och på vilka sätt sociala medier inverkar på romantiska relationer. Utöver att bekräfta fynd från tidigare studier visade denna studie att sociala medier inverkar på romantiska relationer främst som en katalysator och grogrund för problem som redan finns i den romantiska relationen. Exempel på problem som beskrevs av intervjudeltagarna är ökad misstro/misstänksamhet, ökat behov av kontroll/övervakande av partner och upplevelse av att vara bortvald eller konkurrera med sociala medier om partnerns uppmärksamhet. Vidare upplevde deltagarna att styrkan av en individs självkänsla spelar en viktig roll gällande huruvida dessa problem uppstår eller inte i en relation. I studien framkom även reflektioner hos deltagarna gällande hur frekvent användande av sociala medier kan inverka på romantiska relationer över en längre tidsperiod. 

Abstract [en]

The continuing growth of social media during the last decade has resulted in an increased interest in what affect it has on our romantic relationships. Existing research using quantitative methods has suggested a correlation between excessive use of social media and an increase in feelings of jealousy and loneliness. This qualitative study of interviews with five young adults aims to examine in what ways the use of social media can be seen affect romantic relationships. Beyond confirming earlier findings, the study shows that the effect of social media on romantic relationships primarily is as a magnifier of pre-existing relational problems and a catalyst for potential relational difficulties. Among those problems described by the participants are an increase in distrust and suspicion, an increased need for control/supervision of one’s partner together with the experience of competing with social media for the attention of the significant other. Furthermore, the participants experienced that the strength of an individual’s self-esteem plays an important role regarding the degree of likelihood with which these problems arise within the relationship. The study also shows how the possible effect that frequent social media usage may have on the relationship in the long term is a question that is given much consideration by the participants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 27
Keywords [en]
Social media, Romantic relationships, Jealousy, Self-worth, Self-esteem, Trust
Keywords [sv]
Sociala medier, Romantiska relationer, Svartsjuka, Eget värde, Självkänsla, Tillit
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7170OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7170DiVA, id: diva2:1270115
Educational program
Psykoterapeutprogrammet
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2018-12-12 Created: 2018-12-12 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved

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