Original Article

Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 245-254

Online Obsessive Relational Intrusion: Further Concerns About Facebook

  • Kasey ChaulkAffiliated withMemorial University of Newfoundland
  • , Tim JonesAffiliated withMemorial University of Newfoundland Email author 

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Use of online social networking sites such as Facebook has burgeoned in the last 5 years. We examine these sites as facilitators of Online Obsessive Relational Intrusion (o-ORI)—a much-talked about, but relatively un-researched online phenomenon. We draw parallels between the types of behaviors conducted online and those identified in the literature on relational intrusion and its more extreme relative, stalking. We present a frequency analysis of students’ behavior on Facebook and find evidence of relational intrusion from both offenders and targets. The behaviors can be classified into five different categories, including: primary contact attempts, secondary contact attempts (i.e., contacting others connected to the target), monitoring or surveillance, expressions, and invitations. We conclude that Facebook facilitates behaviors that are indicative of obsessive relational intrusion and that such behaviors have implications for users’ privacy and security.


Online relational intrusion Stalking Privacy Social networking