Couples use technology in the little and large moments. They may negotiate over when to use it and when to abstain. A portion of them quarrel over its use and have had hurtful experiences caused by tech use. At the same time, some couples find that digital tools facilitate communication and support. A majority of couples maintain their own separate email and social media accounts, though a smaller number report sharing accounts and calendars. And fully two-thirds of couples share passwords.
Research suggests that the impact of the internet, mobile phones and social media on couple relationships is either an important or emerging issue for many couples and understanding the influence and implications of internet, mobile phone and social media use on your relationship and the implications on your partner is critical.
Try this – Do a self assessment on why you are using online sites:
- Do you spend more time talking to the opposite sex or particular individuals?
- Spell out your expectations with others when online
- Do not engage in intimate conversations with someone other than your partner
- Share passwords
- Set parameters around how much time and when you are online.
Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.