Is your smartphone attached to your hand 24/7? You’re not alone. At least 60 percent of American adults own a smartphone (and that number only increases with every Samsung and Apple release). Just look around: Challenge your spouse or your kids to find the first person at your local coffee shop or in your favorite restaurant who isn’t using a smartphone in a five-minute period. We depend on them so much that they’re probably taking a toll on our most important relationships.
Even if you’re one of the few who is not checking texts during meals and intimate conversations (and not just because you forgot it), just having the phone nearby can interfere with intimacy, according to several studies.
Would you really rather be holding your phone than the hand of a person you love? Here are some ways to focus on the person in front of you.
- Set up phone-free hours at home by stashing all phones.
- Ban devices from the dinner table, whether you’re eating in or out.
- Instead of carrying your phone in your hand or your pocket, put it in your backpack, briefcase or handbag.
- Make your bedroom a no-phone and no-device zone (that means no computer and no TV either!). It could be the single best way to jazz up your love life!
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