We live in the age of technology, but is it going too far?
New research has revealed today that a whopping three-quarters of young Brits can’t even go to the loo without taking their phones and texting.
Even more intriguingly, nearly half of Brits spend more time in bed on the phone than they do having sex and a quarter of blokes have admitted to delaying sex just so they can use their phones.
The study found that a massive 73% of people aged 25-30 confess they can’t do without their mobile in the bathroom, with men being the worst culprits.
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A fifth of relationships are marred, it seems, by bickering over phone use, and a quarter of men have delayed sex in order to use their phones, that’s according to research by specialist mobile phone and tablet insurance company loveit coverit.
23% of respondents are on their phones more than reading books and 16% of those in relationships say that their phone usage exceeds the amount of time they spend talking to their partner!
Corinne Sweet, Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Writer and Broadcaster, says:
“It’s clear that many of us are glued to our gadgets in an almost addictive way these days. Whilst our phones are an essential part of life, our unthinking dependency on them is actually getting in the way of being intimate, including even having sex.
“The problem is that incessant phone use, and abuse, interferes with the communication flow. It can also erode trust, honesty and closeness between partners, friends and family. Taking a phone-break, especially in the bedroom (alone or with someone special) is definitely important for both our mental health and well-being.”
A quarter (23%) of those surveyed admitted to delaying or refusing sex because they were using their phones and a quarter of British people would class their phone usage as ‘high’, meaning it is always with them and they spend several hours a day using it.
Amongst 25-34 year-olds, 16% said that they had checked their social media during sex and a shocking 15% admitted to checking a dating app whilst having sex with somebody.
Given the stats, it’s not exactly surprising that 14% of British people in relationships would describe that relationship as ‘unhappy’. One factor causing such ‘trouble in paradise’ is phone use and screen time which a fifth of Brits people describe as being an issue in their relationship.
Sounds like we need to spend a little less time on the screen and investing a little more time in some good old-fashioned face-to-face human interaction!