Smartphones have revolutionized communication. They are in high demand, used by many and provide us with a way to communicate quickly and effectively. Although they have their benefits, the truth is that they may be doing more harm than good to your personal relationships.

According to Pew Internet Research poll

An internet poll found that 64 percent of adults in the United States, and approximately 25 percent of the world population, own a smartphone.The second you open your eyes do you reach for your smartphone? Do you check your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts?

This is a common habit which is easy to pick up but also detrimental to your relationship.

The impact of social media

social media specifically, has proven time and time again to negatively affect relationships. In fact, According to CNN, the divorce rate in the United States is about 40 percent. Studies have shown that married couples have even considered divorce due to their spouse’s social media activity.

Set smartphone boundaries

On the other hand, new relationships are also in trouble. Once you change your relationship status the world knows that you are together and this tends to put pressure on couples; which is the last thing you need in the beginning of a relationship. Always ask before you post, or better yet, simply avoid posting about your relationship on social media, especially negative things.

It is understandable, the need to vent, but social media is never the appropriate outlet. No one needs to know about the horrible fight you just had with your significant other, how much your partner is frustrating you or how annoying your girlfriend’s mother is. Make sure that you take the time to set boundaries in the beginning of your relationship, this will help avoid future issues.

What about communication?

The use of smartphones has also shown to negatively impact communication between partners. Instead of catching up with one another after a long day at work they tend to check out what happened on social media instead. Social media should never take priority over your relationship. It’s important to communicate with one another, spend time together and enjoy each other’s company.

Society as a whole has become way too dependent on smartphones. Take the time to reconnect with your partner; simply disconnect yourselves from your mobile devices. Try new things; travel together, cook together, and go on date nights.