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Simp Generation
Meme Courtship

This video presents an unpractical methodology for creating closeness in an experimental context. Here, the circumstances of a digital relationship’s development are presented as independent variables that can be manipulated. Over a 2 week period subject pairs carry out text, selfie, and meme transactions that gradually escalate in intensity. Indeed, Aron et al. (1992) found that measures of closeness have two latent dimensions of behaving close and feeling close. Whereas behaving close in this sense could not really arise outside of a long-term ongoing relationship, results reflected that the subjective feeling of closeness (passion, obsession, control) will arise from a short-term virtual interaction.



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