Are you so into your smartphone that you would sacrifice your relationship? Most of us would say no, of course not. But is it possible that you are unknowingly damaging your relationship(s) by focusing too much of your attention on that little screen?
The UK Daily Mail reports that in a study, 75% of women admitted that mobile devices are ruining their relationships. That's a staggering number! So large, that it makes me a little suspicious. What counts as "ruining"? How is causality determined?
Here are the main points of the article:
+ Psychologists from two US universities claim smartphones can be the 'third wheel' in a relationship and distract couples from each other
+ Survey found three quarters of women in long-term relationships claim they feel that smartphones are interfering with their love lives
+ A quarter claim their partner has texted during an important conversation
Here's an excerpt:
"Scientists found that what they describe as this ‘technoference’ – even if infrequent – sets off a chain of negative events: more conflict about technology, lower relationship quality, lower life satisfaction and higher risk of depression.
The poll, which was conducted by Brandon McDaniel of The Pennsylvania State University and Sarah Coyne of Brigman Young University in Utah, surveyed 143 women."
That's a pretty small sample for a survey, so I'm not sure how much it really means, but I think I'm pretty confident in saying that mobile devices definitely can have a negative effect on relationships, and that my significant other and I are both guilty of looking at our phones while the other is talking, or getting on our devices instead of talking or hanging out together. This article may not be groundbreaking, but it does motivate me to pay more attention and avoid mobile-damage in my relationship!