What are some hypotheses I can make about the topic of "social media and its impact on intimate relationships"?
A hypothesis is a statement about a relationship that you think exists between two things. This statement has to be something that can be experimented with and possibly falsified (proven wrong). For example, then, the statement “using social media is good for intimate relationships” is not a good hypothesis because you cannot really prove it to be wrong. You would have to be much more specific about the effect of social media on the relationship.
In order to form hypotheses about this issue, you have to think about how you believe social media can impact intimate relationships. You then need to make some sort of prediction about how a change in social media usage will lead to a change in the intimate relationship. Let us look at some possible examples.
You might think that increased use of social media will lead to tension in intimate relationships because the partners will feel ignored. You can state this in terms of a hypothesis: “Greater levels of social media use by one partner in a relationship will lead to feelings of neglect on the part of the other partner.” This is a hypothesis that can be falsified because you can do surveys asking about the amount of time spent on social media and the degree to which partners feel cared for.
You might even be more specific about the types of social media use. You might hypothesize that a person is more likely to get jealous of their partner if their partner often interacts with friends of the opposite sex on social media (this, of course, only works in heterosexual relationships). This, too, can be operationalized. You can look at how often a person interacts with friends of the opposite sex on social media and correlate that with levels of jealousy on the part of their partners.
These are two examples of hypotheses about social media usage and intimate relationships. Use these examples, and the discussion of what a hypothesis must involve, to think of other ways that you believe social media use and intimate relationships can be correlated with one another.
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