Smartphones comprise an important, sometimes crucial, piece of people’s contemporary life along multiple dimensions. The aim of the present study was to analyze how these devices are used in romantic relationships. From a socio-determinist view of communication technologies, this work makes a comprehensive theoretical review of communication and psychological motivations associated to different smartphone use patterns in the pre- (e.g., search for romantic partner on dating apps) and post-beginning of the relationship. Particularly, relevant advances in this line of research are described, whereas a discussion of the extent that smartphone use influences the relationship formation, consolidation, and ending is included. In addition, some negative effects from alternative uses of smartphones are also reviewed, such as phubbing, sexting, and ciberbullying. In this view, the present work introduces a road map for upcoming empirical analyses regarding the instrumental role of technologies on romantic relationships
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Global Media Journal Mexico|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2018|
Alvídrez, S., & Rojas-Solís, J. L. (2018). Los amantes en la época del smartphone: aspectos comunicativos y psicológicos relativos al inicio y mantenimiento de la relación romántica. Global Media Journal Mexico, 14(27), 1-18. .