According to a new study on couples, technology has become a key actor in the life of many American adults who are married or in committed relationships.
The report reveals that couples use digital tools like the Internet, cell phones and social media — both small and large moments — to help facilitate communication and support. Unsurprisingly, 12 percent of couples also say they have fought over technology and had hurtful experiences caused by its use.
As for social network usage, a small number of couples report sharing email and social media accounts and calendars, while a majority of internet users in couples have separate emails and social media accounts.
Here are some more major findings, by the numbers:
- Computer love has been for the better: 74 percent of the adult internet users who report that the internet had an impact on their marriage or partnership say the impact was positive; 20 percent said the impact was mostly negative, and 4 percent said it was both good and bad.
- Texting makes the heart grow fonder: Text messaging and online exchanges have helped 21 percent of cell owners or internet users in a committed relationship to feel closer to their spouse or partner.
- It’s me or the cell phone: 25 percent of cell phone owners in a marriage or partnership have felt their spouse or partner was distracted by their cell phone when they were together.
- Shared Lives, Shared Passwords: 67 percent of internet users in a marriage or committed relationship have shared the password to one or more of their online accounts with their spouse or partner.
- Long Term Couples Share Emails: 27 percent of internet users in a marriage or committed relationship–typically older adults and those who have been in their relationship for longer than ten years–have an email account that they share with their partner.
Young love seems to be most impacted, both positively and negatively, by technology, with 45 percent of Internet users ages 18 to 29 in serious relationships reporting that the Internet has had an impact on their relationship (only one in ten online adults 65 and older said the same).
Study authors Amanda Lenhart and Maeve Duggan also note that long-term couples–those who have been together for over a decade, typically an older crowd–tend to view and use technology very differently compared with those who have been together for a shorter period of time.
Regarding the more intimate moments in relationships, sexting among adults has also increased, from six percent to nine, since 2012.
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The report, “Couples, the Internet and Social Media,” is based on the results of a survey conducted via telephone interviews in English and Spanish by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. A sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older, were interviewed from April 17 to May 19 in 2013.
The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 2.3 percent.
Have you ever shared passwords or email and social media accounts with a romantic partner? Share your computer love experiences below.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"