“I’ll Be Watching You:” The Mediating Role of Jealousy and Trust Between Attachment and Surveillance
Haverford College. Department of Psychology
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Previous research has explored the role of individual differences, psychological experiences, and relational variables in surveillance behaviors, like stalking. However in the modern age, with most people active on social networking sites (SNS), do these individual differences still affect the likelihood of an individual surveilling their partner online, and if so, do these psychological experiences of jealousy and the relational variable of trust impact it? The aim of this study was to replicate and add to these findings by examining if anxious attachment predicts online surveillance, mediated by romantic jealousy and trust. Three hundred participants completed an online questionnaire that assessed demographics, attachment style, romantic jealousy on different SNS platforms, trust in one’s partner, and online surveillance behaviors. Both romantic jealousy and trust mediate the association between high anxious attachment and online surveillance. Additionally, both romantic jealousy and trust mediate the association between high avoidant attachment and online surveillance, opposing previous literature. Implications of this research include understanding what makes an individual physically or virtually surveil their romantic partner.