Love online: How relationship awareness on Facebook relates to relationship quality among college students.

Published on Jul 1, 2016in Psychology of popular media culture
· DOI :10.1037/PPM0000067
Mai-Ly N. Steers9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UH: University of Houston),
Camilla S. Øverup9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UH: University of Houston)
+ 1 AuthorsLinda K. Acitelli23
Estimated H-index: 23
(UH: University of Houston)
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Recent literature has provided evidence that online behaviors may be a manifestation of off-line cognitions; furthermore online self-presentations may shape off-line outcomes. The present study examined the associations between the individual difference variable of authenticity (measured via relatio
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