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The following literature review focuses on previous work relevant to technology use within romantic relationships. Its main focal points examine the increase of the use of smartphones and the Internet in the twenty-first century, and with this new intel of the web comes a new generation of individuals who have grown up with an “everything now” mentality, and as a result this new mentality may be detrimental to the partnerships between love interests. The objective of these past findings was to evaluate the emergence of technology in romantic relationships and what it means to live in a world with this new form of expressing love, and if this changes the definition of the nature of love in the modern world. Few studies have sought to explore the relationship between technology use and attachment, which is especially important as attachment is directly related to the reasons one prefers or tries to establish various levels of availability and intimacy with other people (Morey 1772). This information is especially important, as technology use is becoming less of an unconventional tool and more of an everyday norm in today’s society. In particular, the time it takes for a romantic partner to respond to a new message, is a concept that has not yet been investigated by the past research sought out. Therefore, the main purpose of this new research is to evaluate how response latency affects how both parties in a couple feel about the status of their relationship and how their partner feels about them and their potential future with one another.Several recent studies have come to the conclusion that technology has become the staple for numerous aspects of our lives, especially when it comes to young adolescents. About 90% of individuals aged 19-28 are on some form of social media platform, compared with 12% in 2005, a 78% ncrease. At the same time, there has been a 69% increase among those ages 30-49, from 8% in 2005 to 77% today (Perrin 4).Over the past decade, all age groups appear to be making the online world a part of their everyday lives. Along with this, older forms of communication, such as phone calls, seem to be decreasing in use, especially with the younger population. Almost three quarters of individuals in the U.S. with access to the Internet report that social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, instant messaging, and texting are among the most preferred methods for communication. Text messaging has even become more popular than face-to-face interactions. Just 33% of teens reported engaging in daily face-to-face interactions with friends outside of school. Social networking and instant messaging are also among adolescents’ favoured forms of everyday communication, with 25% and 24%, respectively, reporting daily communication with friends via these platforms (Davis 1527). With this greater use of technology comes a new familiarity and comfortability with these devices, as technology is no longer just a means for entertainment but may allow individuals to convey their “deep wishes, expectations, desires, and fears in relation to their intimate relationships” (Klein 157). If scholars are coming to the consensus that technology is allowing us to be more vulnerable, to be our most authentic selves, then it may be the case that this translates in our romantic relationships. Among teen social media users with relationship experience, 59% say social media makes them feel more connected to what is going on in their significant other’s life; 15% indicate that it makes them feel “a lot” more connected. 47% say social media offers a platform for them to show affection and appreciation for their significant other (Lenhart 5). A great number of couples claim their relationship with their significant other benefits from texting, as they explain that it allows them to easily remain in contact with each other (Coyne et al. 152). Although communicating with a romantic partner through an impersonal sources like social media and through text may seem insincere, digital technology research shows that this increase in usage “is not an impoverished substitute for meaningful face-to-face communication” (Gonzales 202). As technology is in an ever-constant state of evolution, it is crucial to make sense of how technology is used in romantic relationships in order to support individuals using this technology in establishing healthy and safe relationships in the future (Bergdall et al. 581). While falling in love and being in love may still be a private act, with technology being ever-present in our everyday lives, everything in the modern age is a projection, a performance. And while it may be believed that it brings us closer together, makes love and humanity easier, it may instead be creating another reflective age; discouraging passion and originality in favour of reflecting potentially damaging themes over and over. It is clearly evident that technological communication through texting and social media os the preferred use of communication when it comes to young adults and their significant other. Although talking with a romantic partner through one of the several technological platforms may seem like a faster alternative, there are some negatives that come with an interaction that doesn’t involve face-to-face interaction or body language interpretation. One these disadvantages is the idea of response latency, the idea that a late response from a significant other may be interpreted as a sign of disinterest, dishonesty, even possible infidelity. What lacked in the previously conducted research was this concept of misconstrued feelings between two individuals in a relationship. This brings up the question that I am curious to seek more information about – the effect that a late response from a significant other in a conversation through social media platforms has on both individuals involved in a romantic relationship.