TOOL COMMUNICATION AND THE DEGREE OF RELATIONAL SATISFACTION OF FRIEND RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE SAME SEX
 
Furutani, K. and Sakata, K., Hiroshima University, Japan
 
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of what tool communication (cellular phone, pocket mail) gives to the degree of relational satisfaction within same sex friend relationships. Specifically, we examined the effect of what face-to-face communication and tool communication gives to the degree of relational satisfaction within same sex long distance relationships and non long distance relationships. We investigated the communication style of long distance friends who seldom meet and non long distance friends who can meet in 257 undergraduates. Results were obtained from 227 undergraduates. We contracted two hypotheses. It is difficult to communicate with long distance friends by meeting, therefore we hypothesized that tool communication has positive influence on the degree of relational satisfaction rather than face-to-face communication. Conversely, face-to-face communication will affect the degree of relational satisfaction on non long distance friendships. A multiple regression analysis shows that face-to-face communication has a positive correlation to the degree of relational satisfaction, for non long distance friendships. For long distance friendships, not only tool communication but also face-to-face communication has positive correlation to the degree of relational satisfaction. These findings are discussed in terms of communication and relationship.