A new study on 143 women in serious relationships has revealed that 74 percent of them believe smartphones are hurting relationships as they are a distraction from their normal connection with their partner or spouse.
Scientists have found that the ‘technoference’ triggers a string of negative events such as lower quality of the relationship, higher chance of depression, lower satisfaction regarding life and more dispute about the technology. Researchers discovered that even if the technoference happens infrequent it may still lead to these negative events.
An associate professor in the department of family life at the Brigham Young University, Sarah Coyne said:
“I was surprised about the amount of people saying that this happens in their relationship every day. You are sitting there and kind of bored and check Facebook … it is almost our default to turn to our phones. What I think the most important finding is, the more you let the technology interfere, the more conflict you have with your spouse or partner and that leads to not feeling great about the relationship”
In a recent study, Coyne questioned 143 women about the use of technology and relationships. She hoped to understand how technoference intrudes in our relationships and lives and how smartphones are hurting relationships. The majority of women, 70 percent, said using a smartphone disturbed the interactions between them and their partners all the time, very often or often. An even higher number, 74 percent, said that computers all the time, very often or often interrupted their interactions with their partners.
Participants in the study reported various types of technoference happening daily. 62 percent said technology, smartphones or computers, are coming between their time spent together as couples and 32 percent of the participants said their partner will check their phone in the middle of a conversation if they get a notification. About 25 percent of the people in the study said their partners will text others while having conversations.
Brandon McDaniel of the Pennsylvania State University said:
“This is likely a circular process that people become trapped in where allowing technology to interfere, even in small ways, in one’s relationship at least sometimes causes conflict, which can begin to slowly erode the quality of their relationship. Over time, individuals feel less satisfied with their relationship as well as with the way their life is currently going. They may not even realize this is happening”