If you ever feel like your partner’s device is the ‘third person’ in your relationship, then you are not alone. It appears many of us are becoming increasingly frustrated with the impact technology is having on our relationships – and Cupid isn’t happy!
Aussies are renowned worldwide for our love of technology. In fact, the Pew Research Centre in the US ranks us 2nd worldwide as the country with the largest share of adult smartphone ownership. But new research from McAfee shows that our tech obsession might have gone a little too far as many Aussies believe they are competing with smartphones for the attention of their loved ones.
It appears our love of devices ‘knows no bounds’ with research participants reporting technology interference in relationships of all stages. Concerningly, 23% of couples on first dates reported that they felt they were competing with their date’s smartphone for attention during their first meeting – you just wonder whether there was a second date! And sadly, 40% of established couples believed that their ‘significant other’ was more interested in their smartphone or tablet than spending time with them.
No wonder Cupid isn’t impressed!!
Technology can also cause frustration and friction, according to the research findings. 3 in 10 Aussies reported that they felt frustrated when their ‘significant other’ was distracted using their smartphone during an important conversation – I totally get that! 35% of those surveyed also admitted that they have had an argument with a friend or family member about being on their phone too much during their time together. Mmm – sounds like our house.
But, most worryingly – 10% of those interviewed reported that their ‘significant other’ had been distracted by their device during a romantic or ‘intimate moment’!
So, clearly, we have a problem…
With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s time to prioritise our significant others over our devices. Life is just not as rosy without some loving as the famous English poet Robert Browning so eloquently wrote:
‘Take away love and our earth is a tomb’
So, here are my suggestions on how we can turn this around, Australia!!
- Why not try a digital-free date and leave the technology at home?
- Plan a getaway to a remote destination where there is no mobile coverage.
- Download the AntiSocial App which will monitor just how addicted the user is to their device. Nothing like solid data to help turn a situation around!
- Invest in The Light Phone. This credit card sized smartphone is your phone away from your phone. It sends calls and receives them. That’s it. Perfect to help cure a smartphone addiction.
And lastly, please buy your significant other a Valentine’s Day card because based on the research an e-card just won’t cut it!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!