Researchers from Ponce Health Sciences University studied the psychometric properties of the conflicts in romantic relationships over Facebook
Facebook is a popular social network site. According to Facebook Statistics published on in December 2018, the platform had 2.27 billion monthly active users worldwide by the end of third quarter of 2018. During 2018, 53% of the U.S. population uses Facebook several times a day, with an average access of eight times per day. Moreover, 35 million users update their statuses daily in the U.S. Facebook has several consequences on the personal lives of users. The website offers opportunities to establish new relationships and maintain current ones. However, the social networking site also has its share of adverse effects, which are predominantly associated with continuous use. Too much attachment to the site may even lead to conflicts, disagreements, discussions, and jealousy in case of a romantic relationships.
Now, a team of researchers from Ponce Health Sciences University and Carlos Albizu University evaluated the psychometric properties of the conflicts in such relationships over Facebook use. A total of 300 Puerto Ricans participated in the research that was published in the journal MDPI Behavioral Sciences on February 10, 2019. The team found that the Facebook use scale has a multi-dimensional structure that includes partner Facebook intrusion, conflict over Facebook use, and jealousy over Facebook use. The team found that 18 items fulfilled the criteria of discrimination and presented appropriate factors. Moreover, the team also found that the instrument has the appropriate psychometric properties that can be used to validate the findings and implement in a wide range of application.
The team suggested to administer the scale to another sample of participants to perform the cross-validation procedure. This approach can further help to examine the temporal reliability through the repeated test technique. The team is also focused on investigating the psychometric properties in diverse national and international contexts, which would lead to compare the behavior of the scale in different regions, thereby enabling to evaluate the Facebook phenomenon from a multicultural perspective.
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