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Should You Bring Your Gadgets in the Bedroom?

Tech Dating 101: Should Gadgets Be Allowed in the Bedroom?

In our Tech Dating 101 series, we've already tackled hot topics like whether it's appropriate to make big life announcements online, how to handle changing your relationship status online, and if texting during a date is rude. And now for this week's question: should Gadgets Be Allowed In the Bedroom?

This is a tough one because I'm as guilty as the next person for dragging my laptop, cell phone, and DS Lite into the (bed)room with me — and that's not even including the big flatscreen that permanently lives in there!

But there comes a point when you have to set the gadgets aside when there's another person involved. Take for instance my boyfriend (love you honey), who is still in the goo-goo-ga-ga phase with his iPhone and therefore feels the need to bring it to bed with him. Those few quiet minutes before you call it a night — you know, the pillow talk time? — in my opinion is important for healthy relationships and should be treated as undivided attention, zero-distraction time . . . that means nighty night for the iPhone, too!

I think there's a time and place for gadgets, and at some point, they need to be turned off and stowed away.

How can you tell if "gadget time" in the bedroom is getting to be too much? Just


If either person in the relationship is feeling like the TV, cell phone, or laptop is getting more attention then they are in the bedroom, then that's a surefire indication that there needs to be a tech intervention. Tell your partner how you are feeling, that there's always tomorrow to check email, tweet, and play online games. Hopefully, they will make you a priority over their gadget obsession.


Join The Conversation
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 8 years
When we lived together, my desktop was in the room. Hopefully our next place will allow me to leave the computer in another room - but I'm a "keep my cell on all the time just in case" sorta gal.
midori0e midori0e 8 years
hmm, only when my partner is deep into her sleep, omg, when she is awake & we're together (with compromise) gadgets off, about us on. Expectation: when we are watching DVD's movies.
sstrudeau sstrudeau 8 years
I bring a magazine to read in bed, so why not my laptop?
kia kia 8 years
I feel ya. We don't have a TV in the bedroom, a laptop is only permitted when we are sick in bed, but my husband is still romancing his iGod. His excuse for having it in the bedroom is that it has become his primary alarm clock. He is working on not playing with apps or twitter when we are in bed but he still has that 2-3 minute transition period of awkwardness.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
we each have our cell beside us for an alarm clock but don't spend time texting or calling while hanging out with one another we have the laptop in the room too for movies but that's it...unless we're surfing the net together (looking up something that is of mutual interest) then we don't have gadgets present
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I am with you geek! There's a time and a place. You just have to know when to shut them off and not bring your laptop into bed every night. Now if I could only take a dose of my own medicine!
Jmartens Jmartens 8 years
saw the headline and thought maybe this was a post meant for TresSugar!
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