Simmering on the Back Burner: Communication with and Disclosure of Relationship Alternatives

  title={Simmering on the Back Burner: Communication with and Disclosure of Relationship Alternatives},
  author={Jayson L. Dibble and Michelle Drouin and Krystyna Strzyzewski Aune and Robert Randall Boller},
  journal={Communication Quarterly},
  pages={329 - 344}
The term “back burner” describes a desired potential romantic/sexual partner with whom one communicates with the intent of establishing a future romantic or sexual connection. Contemporary communication technologies (e.g., mobile phones, social networking applications) facilitate connections with back burners. Two survey studies (Ns = 347, 374) showed that back burner communication is relatively common among college students; however, college students also have many romantic or sexual interests… 

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