Technology and Marriage: Living In The “Digital Age”

Maintaining a connection within a marriage or relationship can be difficult. Throw in technology, and it can become much harder. Have you ever noticed how often you and your spouse are physically around one another but completely absent mentally or emotionally? If you think back, how many of those instances were the two of you glued to a digital device? Believe it or not, this has become a norm in society. We are living in the Digital Age

How Is Technology \Affecting Marriages?

Marriage and relationships were very different from what they are today. Without technology, people relied on face-to-face communication and physical presence to maintain relationships and marriages. While there were challenges that came with this, there was also a sense of authenticity and intimacy that is sometimes missing in today’s world of virtual communication.

A couples is hugging, but each is staring at their cell phones. This shows a disconnect and a rift in intimacy within the relationship.More than 50% of married or committed couples have expressed that social media sites and the “instant access” provided by their smart devices play a major role in their lives and relationships.

The misuse of technology and social media can negatively impact your marriage in many different ways:

  • Morals and Values

 Being overly consumed with social media can corrupt your core values, morals, and beliefs. Seeing others live a certain way can kick start F.O.M.O: The Fear Of Missing Out. 

  • Criticism

It has become acceptable to feel the need to share everything on social media. In a sense, you can lose touch with reality. Marriages suffer in this area because expectations have become unrealistic. Spouses become hypercritical of one another, creating tension and discomfort in relationships.

  • Comparison

Comparing your life and situations to others that you see appear on different screens can cause you to feel as though you are behind or failing. The decisions you make start to align with what others may think and feel about you. 

  • A woman receiving likes and love through social media. Symbolizes yearning for attention in marriage through social media and technology.“Quick Fix”

It is as simple as posting a picture and someone liking it. Social media has provided a sense of instant gratification. It also offers easy access to almost anything you could think of. There is a site for everything. You may not realize that you are spending less time with your partner because subconsciously all of your needs are “being met” through social media. 

  • Distractions

Social media has been known to distract you from reality. You may think that you are spending 5 minutes scrolling on these sites, in reality, the average person spends 4 hours and 25 minutes on devices and social media daily. The overuse of technology and social media negatively impacts family time, job performance, and the basic day-to-day.

Ditch the Devices & Reconnect

Marriage and technology have become intertwined in many ways in today’s world. From online dating apps to video calls with long-distance partners, technology has made it easier than ever for people to find and maintain relationships.

However, it’s important to remember that technology should never replace real human connection and communication. Couples should make an effort to disconnect from their devices and prioritize spending quality time together. It’s all about finding a balance between utilizing technology to enhance your relationship and not letting it become a barrier.A man and woman sit close and stare into the eyes of the other. Candles are lit around them. This signifies intimacy and dating in marriage with the absence of technology..

Make time for your spouse and prioritize your marriage. Consider planning a date night or a weekend getaway to spend quality time together. It’s also important to communicate openly and honestly with each other about your feelings and needs. Try to listen actively and show empathy towards your partner. Remember, small gestures of affection and appreciation can go a long way in strengthening your bond.

Experience Marriage or Relationship Counseling in Huntsville, Al

Another option to consider is seeking out guidance and support. A professional counselor can provide you and your spouse with tools and strategies to strengthen your relationship and deepen your understanding of each other. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Your marriage is worth investing in, and counseling can be a valuable resource.

Aspire Counseling & Consulting Services is a great place to work through any issues preventing you from setting healthy habits. Visit our Huntsville, AL-based practice and start your journey today. You could begin by following these steps: 

  1. Contact Aspire Counseling 
  2. Meet with a Marriage or Relationship Counselor.
  3. Start interventions that support the growth and intimacy of your relationship. Other Services Offered With Aspire Counseling

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