Changing Facebook profile pictures to dyadic photos: Positive association with romantic partners' relationship satisfaction via perceived partner commitment

Kenichi ITO, Shanshan YANG, Man Wai LI

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

Abstract

Facebook is a prevalent SNS platform used to express satisfaction in a romantic relationship. However, specific functions of Facebook that foster relationship satisfaction and the underlying mechanism of how the Facebook usage is perceived by a partner require further investigation. Relationship awareness, or paying attention to one's romantic relationship and interaction patterns within a romantic relationship, may be a key determinant of satisfaction in a romantic relationship between Facebook users. Past research focused on the effect of cues that signal relationship awareness to one's partner during face-to-face interactions. Extending the existing literature, we focused on how a partner perceives relationship awareness cues expressed on Facebook. We found a positive impact of different relationship awareness cues on Facebook on relationship satisfaction and a mediating role of the perception of a partner's commitment. When imagining a partner's Facebook page that showed faithful acts such as uploading a dyadic photo and removing a personal photo, participants expected high commitment from a partner, which, in turn, predicted high relationship satisfaction. Our findings offer specific ways to communicate with a romantic partner through Facebook to foster satisfaction in a relationship. We also discuss the importance of highlighting online communication as behavioral cues. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106748
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume120
Early online date13 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Citation

Ito, K., Yang, S., & Li, L. M. W. (2021). Changing Facebook profile pictures to dyadic photos: Positive association with romantic partners' relationship satisfaction via perceived partner commitment. Computers in Human Behavior, 120. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106748

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Relationship awareness
  • Perceived partner commitment
  • Relationship satisfaction
  • Romantic relationship

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Changing Facebook profile pictures to dyadic photos: Positive association with romantic partners' relationship satisfaction via perceived partner commitment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.