What Motivates “Facebook Stalking” After a Romantic Breakup?

New Rochelle, NY, September 23, 2015—Social networking makes it easy to monitor the status and activities of a former romantic partner, an often unhealthy use of social media known as interpersonal electronic surveillance (IES) or, more commonly, “Facebook stalking.” Psychological and relationship factors and how individuals cope with the termination of a romantic relationship can help predict their use of online surveillance, according to a study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website until October 23, 2015.

In the article “Romantic Partner Monitoring after Breakups: Attachment, Dependence, Distress, and Post-Dissolution Online Surveillance via Social Networking Sites,” Jesse Fox, PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, and Robert S. Tokunaga, PhD, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, report that individuals who were most distressed by a breakup were most likely to monitor their ex-partners online. This behavior could make it more difficult for them to recover. In the study, the authors evaluated associations between factors such as attachment (anxious versus avoidant attachment), investment in the relationship, level of commitment, responsibility for termination of the relationship, emotional distress after the breakup, and seeking relationship alternatives.

“Since stress may trigger problematic internet use, psychologists may wish to assess for increased usage by their patients during periods of stress, such as a relationship’s dissolution,” says Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, California and Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium.

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NextGov: Commentary: If It’s Social and It’s Digital, It May Be Government


New tech helps feds do their jobs, and agencies are adapting.

When you hear words like “digital,” “social” or “online community,” “government” should also come to mind. Agencies are adapting to developments in social media and digital technologies in some surprising ways.

Consider the Defense Department’s All Partners Access Network, formerly known as the Asia Pacific Area Network. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Command, APAN is a community of unclassified Web portals that facilitate information exchange and archiving in a collaborative planning environment. This allows Defense to build partnerships and improve security cooperation initiatives, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and event planning. As a result, APAN provides a unique military operational capability necessary to support multi-agency operations as well as government and nongovernment organizations during complex operations and events.

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