Exploring "Ghosting": Relationship Dissolution in the 21st Century
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Description: The objectives of the current study are to explore, define, and describe the phenomenon of “ghosting” as a relationship dissolution strategy in the context of romantic relationships initiated both online and offline, as well as to uncover any associations between ghosting and a variety of dispositional measures (e.g. attachment style, dark triad) and situational measures (e.g. online versus offline, relationship length, relationship type). Though ghosting is a relatively new phenomenon, it is essentially avoidance of contact with a former romantic partner or person of interest. Therefore, previous research involving indirect or avoidant relationship dissolution strategies will be used to formulate predictions where appropriate. Research questions that may not be appropriately hypothesized about due to gaps in the literature, or literature that may not be applicable to indirect or avoidant relationship dissolution strategies implemented through new technology (e.g. social media, online dating applications, etc.) will be addressed using exploratory research. **Note: At time of registration data has been collected but has not yet been analyzed.