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Mobile Phone and the Emergence of Multiple Relationships

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Sociology, University of Barisal, Barisal-8200, Bangladesh

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (12), Pages 6-9, December,14 (2016)


The study explores the impact of globalization especially mobile phone on the emergence of multiple relationships among the students of University of Dhaka. This study used Giddens’ concept of disembedding to characterize globalization. Thus, in the study, globalization is conceptualized in terms of accessing mobile phone and multiple relationships are defined as forming and maintaining romantic relationships with multiple partners via mobile phone. It was hypothesized those who use multiple SIM cards are likely to maintain contact with multiple boy/girlfriends which was examined using a self-administered questionnaire from a sample survey of 360 respondents. The age of the participants ranged from 20 to 25 years old. Results showed that mobile phone is a significant determinant of forming romantic relationships with multiple partners and using multiple SIM cards is significantly associated with simultaneously maintaining contact with multiple boy/girlfriends.


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