Technology interrupting couple interaction, study finds
Modern devices, such as tablets and laptop computers, undoubtedly have their benefits. But users must be cautious not to become so attached to their devices that they put their relationships in jeopardy.
Silly as it may sound, an IKEA®-sponsored study of 2 million Britons finds that many couples are putting their gadgets before their significant others. Londoners, the study reveals, are the worst offenders, with 22 percent admitting to using their computers in bed.
"Modern technology provides us with brilliant tools, but when its use becomes excessive and clutters the bedroom it can actually get in the way of relationships," says Christine Northam, a counselor with Relate.
"We need to make time for talking face to face. When you’re in bed it’s the perfect time to turn off the tech and tune into your relationship," she adds.
In recent years, tablet computers in particular have had a significant impact on people's daily lives. As a study from research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey points out, the mobile devices have changed the way people entertain themselves. However, as tablets become more popular, owners would do well to keep their usage in perspective to ensure they don't adversely affect other areas of their lives.