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Spring 2018


Much research has shown a pattern between low satisfaction within relationships and low self-esteem due to Facebook usage, but there is little research done on how Facebook affects romantic relationships in terms of self-esteem and negative emotions. This study examined these constructs. La Salle undergraduates between the ages of 18-21, both male and female, who are in committed relationships, were recruited. Measurements presented via Qualtrics included Facebook usage levels, relationship satisfaction, relationship conflicts, and self-esteem assessments. The findings indicated that Facebook usage has no impact on the romantic relationship satisfaction levels or self-esteem scores, but associations between negative impacts on Facebook and relational issues were significant.