Does relatedness between perpetrator and victim of imagined cyberinfidelity influence victim distress?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Previous research has explored jealousy type with regards to imagined offline and online infidelity. Numerous studies have established that there are sex differences concerning romantic jealousy: females are disposed to emotional jealousy and males are inclined towards sexual jealousy. Despite inclusion of parental investment theory (Trivers, 1972) and online-infidelity scrutiny via Facebook, prior study has overlooked inclusive fitness theory (Hamilton, 1964) and exploration through Snapchat. The current study’s aims were: to replicate existing studies and build upon previous research; to overcome the gaps in the literature and attempt to gather new information, and to determine if Buss’s theory can be applied to real-life circumstances and generalised to more current situations. Heterosexual participants (32 male, 44 female) were presented with both emotional and sexual infidelity revealing received Snapchat messages from different infidelity-identities: a same-sex sibling, a same-sex best friend and a same-sex stranger. Participants rated their level of jealousy for each scenario on a linear scale (0-10). A 2 x 2 x 3 mixed ANOVA was conducted on the reported jealousy scores and simple main effect analyses/post hoc tests were operated. Results revealed various statistically significant differences concerning jealousy type and the infidelity-identities. Hypotheses were formed on key evolutionary studies and theories, and most of them were supported. This study highlighted sex differences in romantic jealousy, and findings were discussed with regards to existing research. Limitations were considered. Impact of findings and the importance of jealousy research were reflected upon. Recommendations for future study were considered.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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