Mobile communication privacy management in romantic relationships: a dialectical approach

Communication technologies, such as the mobile phone, often represent a double-edged sword in romantic relationships. While the mobile phone can enhance the quality of communication, it can simultaneously become a source of conflict. The dialectic framework of communication privacy management offers...

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Published in: Communicatio Vol. 42; no. 1; pp. 56 - 74
Main Author: Ngcongo, Mthobeli
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: South Africa Routledge 01-02-2016
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Summary: Communication technologies, such as the mobile phone, often represent a double-edged sword in romantic relationships. While the mobile phone can enhance the quality of communication, it can simultaneously become a source of conflict. The dialectic framework of communication privacy management offers a nuanced lens from which to investigate rules for the use of the mobile phone in the dyadic of romantic relationships. This study investigates mobile phone usage rules that are negotiated by adolescents and young adults in romantic relationships. The study specifically focuses on rules around mobile privacy management. Findings from in-depth interviews indicate that the negotiation of rules is a crucial part of young adult relationships. Enhancing trust and fostering harmony were important factors in the rule development process. The implications, limitations, and future possibilities for research are discussed.
ISSN: 0250-0167
1753-5379
DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2016.1140666