New Research Shows How Social Media Is Ruining Relationships
By Elizabeth Bennett Posted on 21 Feb 2018
New research commissioned by McCain has found the staggering number of us who worry about our partner’s social media use. One in six people admitted that their relationship suffered because their other half was glued to their phone or laptop interacting with celebrities or influencers.
Celebrities including Cara Delevingne, Ed Sheeran, David Beckham, Emma Watson, Ellie Goulding and Alexa Chung were all named as stars who caused the most distraction.
Social media topped both work commitments and social engagement as the main activity that kept people from feeling disconnected from their partner. One in four blamed work and one in five held socialising to account when it came to negative impact on their relationship.
The study of 2000 adults in relationships without children found that on average couples dine together five nights each week but half admitted that they were on their phones during this time. The research also revealed that one third of couples spend more time communicating via WhatsApp or social media than they do in person. Subsequently, 75% wished they had more quality time together without distractions.
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