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Discuss research into any two typesof understudied relationships (e.g. gay and lesbian; "electronic" friendships).

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Discuss research into any two types of understudied relationships (e.g. gay and lesbian; "electronic" friendships). Gay and lesbian and electronic relationships are categorised as understudied because they are a fairly new concept of relationships which have been relatively understudied. Many people around the world are starting to accept this as a form of relationship, despite its newness. Bee (1994) highlighted the fact that there are misconceptions about homosexual relationships, but he concluded that there is in fact a similarity between heterosexual and homosexual relationships. This is supported by evidence from Kurdek and Schmitt (1986) who found that when they measured love for their partner and liking for their partner in married, heterosexual cohabiting, gay and lesbian couples, the mean level of love was high in all four types of couple. Another finding in this investigation was that liking for partners was fairly high in all four but lower in heterosexual cohabiting couples. ...read more.


But the suggestion still remains that homosexual relationships that are equitable should last longer than heterosexual relationships. This is challenged by Kitzinger and Coyle (1995), who pointed out that "lesbian and gay couples are struggling to build and to maintain relationships in the context of a society that often denies their existence...and denies their love for each other". This supports the fact that cohabitation is much less common in homosexual relationships than in heterosexual ones. It is clear that far more investigations must be conducted into the research of understudied relationships such as gay and lesbian relationships, in order to understand such relationships on a deeper level. One reason for this is so that the knowledge that is gained by researchers can be applied in the real world to help prevent the HIV crisis. Another intriguing new area of research into relationships is electronic friendships, which comes in many different forms: internet chat rooms, e-mail, MUDs, MOOs and MSN to name but a few. ...read more.


Then if different interests or attitudes between one another were discovered, contact would become less frequent until a cessation occurred. Chat rooms are a type of usenet for the purpose of more personal relationships, such as cyberaffairs. Griffiths (1996) found that some may just be for eroticism, though may lead on to become real romantic encounters. Others use it to continue real time affairs when face-to-face contact is not possible. To conclude, "electronic" relationships provide anonymity, convenience and escape. But this can have both positive and negative effects. It is considered as dangerous by some, as such affairs may be founded on untruths and vulnerable individuals may be seduced emotionally and sexually, as JennyMUSH: a case of internet abuse proved. Many believe that real life relationships are far more satisfying whereas others believe that there is no harm in "electronic" relationships as they are no different to having penpals. Therefore it is clear that this topic needs to be further studied by researchers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zainab Rahman ...read more.

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