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Addiction To Smartphones and Modern Ways of Meeting Partners

Tanja Repič Slavič
Faculty of Teology, University of Ljubljana

Modern methods of communication are often carried out via mobile phones, which allows access to a wide variety of information and people, practically in an instant. The use of mobile phones affects not only the way of communication and lifestyle which is rapidly changing, but also the values of the individual as well as society. In this context, more and more young people, decide to look for and meet a partner through various mobile applications. In this paper, we will shed light on the characteristics of online communication in finding a partner, the concept of freedom, responsibility and attitude towards emotional and physical intimacy. We will present the most common sexual practices and the connection between anxiety and the decision to having a partner. Research show that young people have quick access to a wide variety of potential sexual partners online, as well as a freer view of participation in and testing of various sexual practices. They get to know another much faster and casually, and they end the relationship in the same manner, which is followed by feelings of guilt and disappointment. Accepting responsibility and lasting relationship, on the other hand, evokes feelings of anxiety and fear.



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