Technology is constantly advancing and is becoming more and more central to our lives. We rely on technology for communication, entertainment, work, household tasks, and so much more. Technology has changed the way we communicate and relate to one another, especially with our ability to connect at any time and from almost anywhere through the internet. With the ever-changing advancements and technology’s increasingly integral role in our lives, it is inevitably impacting our romantic relationships, and it can be challenging for couples to navigate how to use technology in a way that promotes connection and intimacy.
Technology can present barriers to connection and intimacy when proper boundaries are not in place. When partners choose to use technology instead of spending quality time with one another, it can decrease moments of connection, and instead lead to feelings of loneliness or resentment (Campbell & Murray, 2015). This is known as the phenomenon of “ partner phubbing,” (Roberts & David, 2016) which we will talk about more in tomorrow’s blog!
It’s often easy to talk about the negative effects of technology on couple relationships. However, we believe that while technology can present obstacles for connection and intimacy within couple relationships, if used intentionally, partner’s can actually build stronger relationships through the way they engage with technology! Stay tuned throughout the rest of this week as we expand further on technology’s role in building connection in couple relationships. We’ll be sharing some tips to help you and your partner use technology to build a healthier, more joy-filled relationship!
Campbell, E. C., & Murray, C. E. (2015). Measuring the Impact of Technology on Couple Relationships: The Development of the Technology and Intimate Relationship Assessment. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 14, 254-256. DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2014.953657
Roberts, J. A. & David, M. E. (2016). My life has become a major distraction from my cell phone: Partner phubbing and relationship satisfaction among romantic partners. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 134-141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.058