Overuse of technology could be harming marriages, survey suggests

A new study in America shows that, of 1001 adults surveyed, 65% admitted to spending more time with their computers than their spouse or partner.

84% of people said they’d grown more dependent upon their computer in the past 3 years. I wonder how many have grown more dependent (or interdependent) on their partner in that time?

52% of people take the computer’s failures to heart, feeling anger, sadness, or alienation.

“Americans’ relationship with their computers are affecting their relationship with family and friends, as nearly three fourths — 74 percent of Americans — say they bring their computer problems home with them,” the survey found.

“As computers become increasingly pervasive in our lives, our relationships with them can begin to seem almost as important as a relationship with a significant other. When problems then occur with the computer, it often leaves people feeling frustrated or helpless,” said Robi Ludwig, a Manhattan couples therapist.

Last year, Stanford University reported that 6% of Internet users admitted that their personal relationships suffer because of computer use, whilst an additional 14% cannot stay away from the computer keyboard.

Here’s the bit in the article that’s both funny, yet painfully sad, at the same time.

computers are not the only third party among American couples. Dr. Edward Hallowell, a Massachusetts psychiatrist and author of “Crazy Busy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap,” found that multitasking couples are troubled by intrusions from communications devices. Some wives report that their husbands are bringing their BlackBerrys to bed during moments of intimacy, he says.

Has technology affected any of your significant relationships? Or does technology actually help you keep in touch with loved family members when otherwise you’d be unable to?

Read (The Washington Times)