The connection concerning social media and abuse in intimate college relationships:

It is essential to acknowledge the great role technology has in today’s society, that is why  Dr. Ida DuPont and I have centered our research on the connection between social media and abuse in intimate college relationships. The goal of this experimental research is to find the connection between social media and how it can lead to abusive behavior because of its implications that one does not need privacy in their life. We are trying figure out how a partner can use tactics such as manipulation, gas lighting, and persuasion in order to sway their loved one to act and think according to the abuser’s cues.
We will be using the power and control wheel of abuse by showing how each form of abuse identified can be used and strengthened with the power of social media. Our main method to answer our research questions are the use of surveys and interviewing college students that are in or have been in a relationship in the time frame they started college. Considering the responses participants give us will allow us to also see how people see abuse versus what abuse actually is. We are concentrating our study group on college students in same-sex or heterosexual relationships, our theory does not discriminate against which relationships have more of this abuse. This is because almost every college student uses social media, and has the ability and availability to abuse someone they are in a relationship with. Learning different types of tactics and what percentage of students experience some form of abuse will allow us to see how common this type of abuse is amongst people, especially young adults who are more inclined to use social media.

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