Email
Password
Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article image'Technoference’ from gadgets may be hurting your relationships

By Sravanth Verma     Dec 28, 2014 in Lifestyle
According to a recent study, our addiction to gadgets may be interfering with many of out relationships, and causing much angst to our partners.
"Technoference", a term coined by Brandon McDaniel, a doctoral candidate in human development and family studies at Penn State, refers to the intrusions that technology can cause in couple relationships. For example, a partner unburdening themselves may be in for a rude shock when they find their significant other more involved with the smartphone.
“I was surprised about the amount of people saying that this happens in their relationship every day,” says Sarah Coyne, an associate professor in family life at Brigham Young University. “You are sitting there and kind of bored and check Facebook … it is almost our default to turn to our phones.”
In a new study to be published in the journal "Psychology of Popular Media Culture", Coyne asked 143 married or cohabitating women to answer questions about technology use and relationships. 70 percent of respondents said phone use interrupted interactions between them and their partners. 74 percent had such issues with computer interruption. Such women also reported having fought more often with partners. This resulted in negative feelings towards the relationship, depression and less satisfaction with life.
"It is clear that interruptions would likely be more frequent in a relationship where one or both partners have developed addiction-like tendencies for checking their devices or playing games, but even normal everyday use of technology can potentially cause interruptions, many times completely unintentionally," said McDaniel.
“Cell phone attachment is positively related to an increase in stress and anxiety and even depression,” says James A. Roberts, a professor of marketing at Baylor University Hankamer School of Business. Roberts is known for coming up with the term "phub", or to be snubbed by a partner using a phone. “Essentially, what we are saying is that you don’t matter,” he says. “It touches at our core.”
Roberts recommends that couples create a time-out during which no cell phones are allowed. And when we do have to use our phones when we are with someone, apologizing can help. “You may see it’s actually freeing,” he says.
More about Relationship, Technology, Social Networking