Thesis Title: Social Media Usage Self-Disclosure and Relationship Quality in Married Men and Women

Student Name: Atiqa Javaid

Supervisors: Nosheen Ramzan & Farah Malik, PhD

Degree: BS

Year:  2014-2018

Abstract

The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between social media usage, self-disclosure and relationship quality among married men and women. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between social media usage and self-disclosure and negative relationship between social media usage and relationship quality. It was also hypothesized that social media usage and self- disclosure would be positive predictors of relationship quality. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that there would be difference in married men and woman. Data were collected from married men and women (N = 150) with difference in gender in social media usage, self- disclosure and relationship quality in age range 25-40 (M = 31.22, SD = 4.52). Facebook Intensity Scale (Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe 2007), Revised Self-disclosure Scale (Wheeless, Nesser, & McCroskey, 1986), and Relationship Satisfaction Scale (Hendrick, 1988) were used to collect data. The results of correlation analysis showed that there was a negative significant relationship between relationship quality and social media usage. However, social media usage and self-disclosure had very weak relationship with each other. Regression analysis revealed that social media usage was only positive significant predictor of relationship quality. Moreover no significant mean differences were found in social media usage, self-disclosure, and relationship quality across married men and women. Implications of the study have been discussed.

Keywords: Social media, relationship quality, self-disclosure.