As much as technology brings us all closer together, it also has a strange way of coming between us these days too. Around a quarter of couples report that smartphones may be distracting them from their relationships.
According to the latest data collected by the Pew Research Center, technology can be very distracting to a large number of couples, particularly those between 18 and 29 years of age. Of the younger generation, 45% listed the internet as a distraction, while 42% said the same of their smartphones.
It’s not all doom and gloom for couples in the age of mobile data, though; as many as 21% of adults reported feeling that they could be closer to their partner’s thanks to internet communication or text messages. It seems that modern couples also feel comfortable sharing their online presences with one another; 67% of long-term couples reported sharing their passwords with one another, and a further 27% shared an email account.
We will reserve judgment on the 11% of couples who report sharing a social media profile. They’re getting enough of that already.