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Does Technology Help or Hurt Relationships?

Does the Internet Help or Hurt Relationships?

Given all of the complexities surrounding dating and technology, it's easy to assume that technology makes relationships more difficult. But there are plenty of elements that can help a relationship, from small everyday interactions to larger relationship issues. Case in point: last night on my Facebook feed I noticed a husband and wife talking back and forth via Facebook wall posts — he was upstairs, she was downstairs. Friends made fun of the couple but then the wife posted a valid point: they use Facebook, texting, or even email to talk from different levels of their home when their kids are asleep. That way, both can get their work done and communicate with each other without waking the kids. It's a small example but shows how tech can easily solve an annoying problem.

What do you think? Cast your vote after the break.

On the other hand, tech can hurt relationships, too. Facebook is cited in one out of every five divorces in the US, and that statistic doesn't even count those breakups and divorces where Facebook played a role but wasn't necessarily formally cited. And now that a whole new etiquette code has essentially been established to deal with new issues caused by technology, there's more to remember, more room for error, and potentially more room for failure.

The arguments for technology both hurting and helping relationships are strong, but if you had to choose one, which would it be?

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testadura67 testadura67 5 years
It gives you so many extra options for communication when it's otherwise impossible. I think it's only a problem when the internet or phones become the sole means of communication. Most balanced people can tell the difference.
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