The Language of Video Intimacy: Marital Satisfaction Associated with the Use of Web Camera Communication in Long Distance Relationships

The Language of Video Intimacy: Marital Satisfaction Associated with the Use of Web Camera Communication in Long Distance Relationships

Heather Lee Strafaccia (Park University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4482-3.ch013
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Abstract

This case provides ideas about using video communication in communication and values it may have in distance relationships and implications for increasing the sense of connection in long distance teaching contexts. This study examines influences of Web camera use for married couples in long distance relationships. A research survey explored martial satisfaction with Web camera communication. To measure the satisfaction of participants, the Satisfaction with Married Life Scale from the Johnson, Zabriskie, and Hill (2006) study, and the relational maintenance strategies from the Stafford and Canary (1991) study are applied. Participants (N = 74) were married, United States citizens, who experienced a geographical separation for more than seven days. Findings suggest that Web camera communication offers a mode in long distance relationships to increase marital satisfaction. Web camera communication may increase the educational satisfaction as a teaching device and assist in linking cultures to expand educational opportunities regardless of geographical location.

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