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Digital Modes of Communication: The Relational Effects between College Students and their Friends, Parents, and Intimate Partners




Henry, Kandace

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This study analyzes the nature of relationships between college students and their parents, friends, and intimate partners; specifically relating to primary preferred method of communication, perceived victimization, and participation in risky sexual behavior. Social learning theory and social exchange juxtaposed with self-efficacy is used to explain the motivations and continued use of digital modes of communication. Surveys were distributed to college students attending freshmen level courses at Auburn University. The findings were compared to previous studies and literature regarding communication, relationships, and social ties. The research will provide an enhanced understanding how digital modes of communication has evolved and shifted the way college students maintain their relationships.