5 takeaways about technology and love

5 takeaways about technology and love

   Technology has given us instant information, instant communication, instant entertainment and even an instant way to fall in love. Today’s 20-somethings never knew a world where people didn’t meet online.

    But how have the Internet and social media actually impacted relationships? The Pew Research Center recently released results of a survey, "Couples, the Internet and Social Media." Interviewers questioned 2,252 adults ages 18 and older. Here are five takeaways:

    Most couples are unconvinced that the Internet impacts their relationship.   
    Despite the fact that the Internet has indisputably revolutionized business and altered our culture, many say it doesn't impact their relationship. Indeed, most adults – 72 percent – in committed relationships say the Internet has no impact on their partnership, according to the study.

    Even so, those gadgets can cause problems.
    Eight percent of adults in a marriage or partnership have argued about the time one of them spends online, the report says. A quarter of cellphone owners in relationships feel their partner was distracted by the phone while the two of them were spending time together.
    Younger couples were more likely to be distracted by their phones, the report added.   

    A quarter of married couples or partnered adults send texts when they are literally in the same house.
    This may not be a bad thing. On the upside, 21 percent of Internet users or cellphone owners in committed relationships "have felt closer to their partner because of exchanges or conversations they had online or by text message,” the report says.   

    Younger couples use dating services; older couples share email addresses.
   “Couples who have been together for a decade or less -- also typically younger than those who have been together for longer — are much more likely to have used dating services or the Internet to meet their partner, to use technology to help with the logistics and communication in their relationship, and to report that the Internet had an impact on their relationship,” the study found. Those in long-term relationships tended to use technology by sharing email addresses and social media profiles.

     More cellphone users are dropping their reservations – and their trousers.
     An increasing number of cellphone users report sending “sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos and videos,” a practice commonly known as sexting. 
     The Pew study reports that 9 percent of adult cellphone owners have sent a sext of themselves to someone else, up from 6 percent in 2012. One in 5 – 20 percent -- of cellphone owners have received a sext of someone they know on their phone, the report said, up from 15 percent in 2012.   

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