Text messaging and connectedness within close interpersonal relationships

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Research shows that text messages, short type-written messages sent via mobile telephones, are primarily being used to commence, advance, maintain, or otherwise impact interpersonal relationships. This study describes how respondents perceive and use text messages within close interpersonal dyads. Interviews with dyads resulted in three main themes. Users found texting to be more constant and private than mobile voice interaction. Respondents used texting both to assert autonomy and to maintain connectedness with relational partners. Romantic pairs vis-à-vis nonromantic dyads perceived the benefits of text messages differently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-716
Number of pages20
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • CMC
  • Connectedness
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Relational dialectics
  • SMS
  • Text messages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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