Does virtual intimacy exist? A brief exploration into reported levels of intimacy in online relationships
Abbreviated Journal Title
Communication; Psychology, Applied
This study examined the levels of intimacy reported by individuals in face-to-face and computer-mediated (or "virtual") romantic relationships. As suggested by the media and promised by online dating services, some degree of intimacy was reported in computer-mediated relationships, but stronger intimacy was reported in all participants' face-to-face relationships. Results also indicated that individuals who had online, virtual relationships reported less intimacy in their own face-to-face relationships compared to individuals who had engaged exclusively in face-to-face relationships, suggesting that people may turn to virtual relating after challenges in their face-to-face experiences.
Cyberpsychology & Behavior
"Does virtual intimacy exist? A brief exploration into reported levels of intimacy in online relationships" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6567.