Smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets pose quite a quandary when it comes to emotional connectivity. On the one hand, these devices allow us touch base with loved ones constantly throughout the day through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat and more. On the other, the promise of new updates across so many channels can be engrossing, leading you to compulsively flick through your phone even as you enjoy a romantic meal with your spouse.
It is an aspect of the latter tendency that was explored in a recent study from Brigham Young University in Utah. According to a press release, scientists sought to gauge the impact of texting on today's relationships. More specifically, they were interested in the types of interactions that took place via texts and how they ultimately impacted trust and intimacy.
"Brigham Young University researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg studied 276 young adults around the country and found that being constantly connected through technology can create some disconnects in committed relationships," the source states.
Through their analysis, Schade and Sandberg discovered that – though many couples noted that reinforcing their affection for one another via text could contribute to a sense of closeness, this medium was not well-suited to deeper interactions. In a questionnaire distributed by the team, men commonly responded that constant texting was linked to a lower relationship quality overall. Women, meanwhile, said the same of apologies and arguments that were carried out via text.
Sending your spouse a flirty text now and then can certainly be a great way to let him know you're thinking about him throughout the day, but too great a reliance on this medium may have a negative effect on how connected you two really feel – and that can take its toll on sexual intimacy too. Why not challenge yourself to change your habits just a bit? Just send a quick message about the exciting new warming lubricant you just bought, and then let his mind wander for a bit!