Technoference and implications for mothers' and fathers' couple and coparenting relationship quality

Brandon McDaniel, Adam Galovan, Jaclyn Cravens, Michelle Drouin

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Abstract

Technology devices are widely used today, creating opportunities to connect and communicate with distant others while also potentially disrupting communication and interactions between those who are physically present (i.e., technoference or phubbing). These disruptions in couple and coparenting relationships have the potential to negatively impact relationship outcomes. In this two-part study of 182 married/cohabiting couples from the Daily Family Life Project and 239 couples from the Couple Well-Being Project, we examined the role of technoference in couple and coparenting relationship quality and potential gender differences utilizing dyadic data. We found that greater technoference related to greater conflict over technology use, and greater conflict predicted lower relationship satisfaction and poorer perceptions of coparenting quality (Study 1). Using a more diverse sample (Study 2), we again found support for the main pathways tested in our first study, suggesting that results
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Dec 2017

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