Title

Fooling Around on Facebook: The Perceptions of Infidelity Behavior on Social Networking Sites

Keywords

Facebook, social networking, infidelity, story completion

Abstract

This mixed-methods study used content analysis and logistic regression to explore how people interpret Facebook infidelity behaviors, its impact on offline relationships, and how Facebook infidelity compares to online and offline infidelity. Six hundred twenty-eight respondents participated in a story completion task where they finished a narrative concerning questionable behavior on Facebook. Results found 51% of the participants interpreted the Facebook behavior as infidelity, with only 2.9% indicating the behavior was not infidelity. Other findings show that Facebook behavior negatively impacts offline relationships and accessing a partner's Facebook account is a privacy violation. Clinical implications are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Cravens, J. D., & Whiting, J. B. (2015). Fooling around on Facebook: The perceptions of infidelity behavior on social networking sites. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2014.1003670

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-08-25

Publisher

Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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