From scrolling through Twitter while on a date to still being Facebook friends with your ex, the internet and social media has caused tension in many relationships.
But this is just the beginning.
A recent survey shows that technology’s impact on relationships is two-fold: not only does it interrupt intimate moments and drive couples apart, but the digital age facilitates adultery – by allowing people to look elsewhere at the click of a button.
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According to online infidelity dating site Victoria Milan, 45% of the site’s 6000 users say they cheat because their partner doesn’t give them enough attention – and that they come in second place to their partner’s smart phone or tablet.
A whopping 66% of survey respondents say they wouldn’t be unfaithful at all without the help of new technologies—the internet in particular.
“Like anything else that enhances our lives, technology is a double-edged sword. It isn’t so surprising that cheaters would be ahead of the curve when it comes to hiding their movements as well as taking advantage of the benefits of being online!” says Sigurd Vedal, CEO of Victoria Milan.
“It’s also a predictable, albeit unfortunate, commentary that modern use of technology has led to a kind of social isolation—being alone in a room of many others—that leads to seeking out connections with others when we are left feeling unfulfilled in our day to day relationships. One way or the other we need to find that connection.”
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