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Teens from less well-off households, as well as those who have met a partner online, are especially likely to have done this.
Among teens with relationship experience: Beyond publicly displaying affection and one’s own relationship, social media is a space where many teens can express public support or approval of others’ romantic relationships: 63% of teens with dating experience have posted or liked something on social media as a way to indicate their support of one of their friends’ relationships.
Some 65% of boys with relationship experience who use social media agree that these sites make them feel more connected about what’s going on in their significant other’s life (compared with 52% of girls).
But a substantial minority feel that their partner acts differently – in positive or negative ways — on social media than he or she does in real life.
My research examines how people understand and relate to one another when interacting via communication technologies (online dating, social network sites, blogs, etc.).
I focus on the impact of communication technologies on relational processes such as: Impression management and impression formation Deception and trust Self-worth, self-esteem and emotional well-being Interpersonal attraction and relationship development I am also interested in how language is produced and interpreted in computer-mediated contexts, especially as it relates to self-presenters' deceptiveness and perceived trustworthiness.
Girls are especially likely to publicly support their friends’ relationships using social media (71% of girls with dating experience have done so, compared with 57% of boys) although boys and girls are equally likely to publicly express affection for their own partner in social media environments.
In addition, teens from less well-off households (those earning less than ,000 per year) engage in each of these behaviors at higher rates, compared with those from higher-income households.