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How social networking can ruin your relationship

Hindustan Times   March 30, 2014
First Published: 18:59 IST(30/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:05 IST(30/3/2014)

Social network addicts are the ones who are at the greatest risk of breakups, says a recent research. Be it  Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with ­virtual relationships taking over real-life relationships, ­couples are left disgruntled.


A new research says that social media has now entered people’s bedrooms, reducing love-making to a mechanical act. The addiction is such that  some couples can’t stop themselves from checking out their  friend’s Facebook post during sex. The study polled 2,000 UK residents to understand how technology can intrude into one’s personal life and turn it upside down.

Nearly 30% of respondents reported that their partners had been distracted by their mobile devices during sex. About 60% said they spend more time playing with ­technology in bed than they do ­focusing on their ­partners. The survey, however, did not throw light on the ­reason for the same.

The thought of two people having sex while they both are distracted due to social ­networking is an alarming trend, the survey added. Closer home, psychologists say that addiction to technology has overtaken all other activities in people’s life, leading to a large number of broken relationships.

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“Sex helps to bond with your partner. Sadly, due to uncontrolled intrusion of ­technology, the act has lost its intimacy factor for couples. Love-making has become a totally mechanical act,” says  psychiatrist Dr Avdesh Sharma.

"If someone is bothered about who runs away with whom or who has had a nice meal in a chic eatery miles away, it shows that that person has hardly any connect with his or her own partner. It’s very sad that virtual relationships are undermining real relationships," adds the psychiatrist.

To help control social networking addiction, relationship expert, Madhuri Arora, suggests, "You can’t let technology addiction take over your life. Say to yourself that you are the controller of technology and you won’t let it rule your life," she says. Begin with switching off your phone when you go out dining with your parter. And make  sure your bedroom is forbidden for your smartphones and ­laptops.        

(With inputs from IANS)

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