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Is Your Relationship Suffering Due to Mobile Technology?

If your partner is using their mobile phone a huge amount, it can even create paranoia as you may think they are up to no good

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We all know that relationships have to be worked on in order to keep the spark going but there are many things that can get in the way of this. When you lead busy lifestyles, have the responsibility of family life to manage, have financial issues to sort out, and have other commitments that get in the way of spending time together, things can get very difficult. Over recent years, there is one more thing that has affected many relationships and this is mobile technology.

Mobile technology has become hugely popular and has a positive effect on our lives in many ways. We can work more easily and flexibly, browse the Internet, contact friends and family, make purchases, enjoy entertainment, and much more thanks to this technology. However, the downside is that some people become obsessed with mobile technology and the services that they can access on these devices, and this can really get in the way of a relationship.

Improving your communication and enjoying more quality time

Every couple must try to spend quality time together to improve communication
Every couple must try to spend quality time together to improve communication. Pixabay

When it comes to mobile phones, there are many people that are barely ever seen without their device in their hand. While it is find to use your phone while out and about or when making and taking calls, spending more time on your device rather than talking to your partner can cause a lot of issues. If you already get little enough time to work on your relationship, the last thing you want is to find that your partner is more interested in their phone during the short periods you do get to spend together. This is why it is important to talk and lay down some ground rules when it comes to mobile phone usage as a couple.

If your partner is using their mobile phone a huge amount, it can even create paranoia as you may think they are up to no good. Many people have gone onto their partner’s social media accounts or used tools to find out whose phone number is on their partner’s log because they have become suspicious. Often, it is all perfectly innocent but that doesn’t mean that you won’t become worried or paranoid if your partner spends more time on their mobile device than they do talking to you.

It is important for both partners to be aware of the ground rules when it comes to mobile phone use. Of course, if you have an urgent call or a family member needs to get in touch you should take the call. However, when you are both snuggling up to watch a movie and one of you then goes on their phone and starts messing around on social media, it can ruin the whole experience. When you spend time together, it should be quality time where you can talk, watch films, listen to music, go out for meals, and do other things you enjoy rather than just watching one another using mobile phones in total silence.

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Work Emails Cause Disruptions in Personal Life: Study

Mindfulness is within the employees' control, email expectations are not.

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Does your boss expects you to be ever-connected on emails and work without boundaries? If so, besides causing harm to your health and well-being, it could also lead to conflict in family relationships, a new study has revealed.

Stress due to employers’ expectations of work during non-working hours brings strain in the family ties as the employee is unable to fulfil non-work roles at home.

Such expectations are “an insidious stressor that not only increases employee anxiety, decreases their relationship satisfaction and has detrimental effects on employee health, but it also negatively affects their partner’s health and marital satisfaction perceptions,” said Liuba Belkin, Associate Professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, US.

Employees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience the harmful effects.

If the nature of a job requires email availability, such expectations should be stated .Pixabay
If the nature of a job requires email availability, such expectations should be stated. Pixabay

The mere expectations of availability increase strain for employees and their significant others — even when employees do not engage in actual work during non-work time.

“The competing demands of work and non-work lives present a dilemma for employees, which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives,” added William Becker, Associate Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US.

The findings were presented at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Chicago.

According to Becker, policies that reduce expectations to monitor electronic communication outside of work should be ideal to mitigate the adverse effects of negative health outcomes.

When that is not an option, the solution may be to establish boundaries on when electronic communication is acceptable during off-hours by setting up off-hour email windows or schedules when employees are available to respond.

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Importantly, organisational expectations should be communicated clearly, Becker noted.

“If the nature of a job requires email availability, such expectations should be stated formally as a part of job responsibilities.”

Knowing these expectations upfront may reduce anxiety in employees and increase understanding from their family members, he said.

Also Read: 8 Steps to Help You Secure Your Work Creativity

As for employees, they could consider practising mindfulness, which may help them to “be present” in family interactions, and help reduce conflict and improve relationship satisfaction, said Becker.

However, while mindfulness is within the employees’ control, email expectations are not, he added. (IANS)