Social networking sites (SNS) play an increasingly important role in maintaining geographically close romantic relationships (GCRR).
However, knowledge about SNS use in long-distance romantic relationships (LDRR) is still lacking.
Results showed that participants who were in a LDRR reported higher levels of relational maintenance behaviors through SNS than participants who were in a GCRR.
Also, as compared to participants who were in a GCRR, participants who were in a LDRR used SNS more for partner surveillance and experienced higher levels of SNS jealousy.
In conclusion, if social networks are used by mature people responsibly they provide an excellent opportunity to interact socially, improve their interpersonal relationships, and even conduct business.