“By allowing technology to interfere with or interrupt conversations, activities and time with romantic partners – even when unintentional or for brief moments – individuals may be sending implicit messages about what they value most, leading to conflict and negative outcomes in personal life and relationships,” the study says.
Below are some important tips the researchers provided that ensure your phone use doesn’t ruin your relationship
1. Place the phone somewhere away from you on silent, such as in a purse or on a shelf.
2. If you need to check on something legitimately important, provide an explanation to your partner first and then check your phone.
The study was published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.