“Couples, the Internet and Social Media”

The internet has a major affect on a couples every day life, the phone buzzes and takes away action from the significant other, couples watch TV together, and they post pictures of each other. Nearly 98% of all Americans own a phone (Lenhart 2014), this mean each couple has phone, which mean technology is a part of life and can change how the relationship flows.

When it comes to how technology affects relationship I found that 88% of couples Americans use the internet, 71% use social media sites and 93% have a cell phone (Lenhart 2014), so technology is bound to have some affect because it is so prevalent. The impact that technology has seems to be pretty small considering that 72% of American couples say that the internet has “no real impact” and only 10% say it has a major impact and 17% say it has a “minor impact”. ¬†And of that 20% say that it has a negative impact (Lenhart 2014). That negativity could come from jealously on social media if one significant other getting unwarranted attention from someone online. It can also come from trust issues form not sharing passwords which seems to be a trend considering that 67% of committed couples have shared a password with a partner.(Lenhart 2014) Technology has a clear affect regardless if it is negative or positive, it still plays a role in a couples relationship cycle.

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