Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Ryan G. Carlson


Young adult couples experience differing levels of relationship and sexual satisfaction throughout the development and duration of their relationship. The levels of relationship and sexual satisfaction depend on factors associated with expectations by the individual members of what constitutes acceptable rewards and costs for the continuance of the relationship. Technology use within a relationship is a relatively new concept in research shown to produce potential rewards and costs that influence relationship development and/or sustainment; however, the results of technology use in romantic relationships remains an understudied area. Even less is known about the effects of technoference on young adult couples’ relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, there remains a dearth of information on technoference’s correlation with sexual satisfaction. Due to the dearth of information associated with technoferences’ effects of relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction among young adult couples, the current study utilized a descriptive correlational survey design from 158 young adult couples. I used actor- partner interdependence modeling to test the dyadic associations between technoference and relationship and sexual satisfaction among the young adult sample and found statistically significant support for three out of the four research questions.


© 2019, Christopher J. Hipp