Journal article

'Direct' and 'instant': the role of digital technology and social media in young Filipinos' intimate relationships

Christine Marie Habito, Alison Morgan, Cathy Vaughan

CULTURE HEALTH & SEXUALITY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Young people today grow up in a social landscape in which digital technology and social media are ubiquitous in daily life and interpersonal relations, including intimate (romantic and sexual) relationships. This study sought to study Filipino young people's relationship motivations and contexts in the digital age. We found that digital technology and social media are transforming the way Filipino young people approach and behave in intimate relationships. Digital technology and social media are making it easier for young people to engage in social comparison with their peers and role models, expanding possibilities for social interaction, facilitating rapid relationship progression, and ena..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study is part of the doctoral research project funded by the Nossal Global Health Scholars Programme of the Nossal Institute of Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Partial funding for data collection was also provided by the Population Health Investing in Research Students' Training grant of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and the Riady Scholarship of the University of Melbourne.