Communicating with your significant other through your smartphone and tablets seems harmless and easy since it’s the most convenient way to stay connected, but it may pose a problem if both of you rely heavily on technology to keep in touch.
Brigham Young University researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg say that constantly being connected through technology "can create some disconnects in committed relationships" and may leave couples dissatisfied.
Case in point: things didn’t turn out well when the couples in the study used technology, or texting specifically, for relationship maintenance or to make amends. "Reaction to disappointment and reality testing occurs more quickly face to face," Sandberg said. "There is narrowness with texting and you don’t get to see the breadth of a person that you need to see."
However, there is also a benefit to it. According to a neuropsychological perspective by Christina Leggett and Dr Pieter Rossouw from the University of Queensland, the advantage of technology is based on how partners use it on a daily basis. "Technology may enhance or hinder couple relationships depending on the couple’s ability to manage, monitor, and reflect on its use." This only means that technology can sabotage your relationship if it keeps you and your partner from getting intimate or having a decent conversation.
To achieve the proper balance, keep all gadgets away before bedtime. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, cuddle up with your partner and get to know them on a deeper level–talk about your dreams and ambitions in life.
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.