Smartphones Take Centre Stage in New Year Relationships

The New Year is a time when millions of us review our relationships status, with over half of all singletons resolving to find love in an average year. If you are taking a leap into the dating world in the New Year, or even if you are in a relationship already, the chances are that a large proportion of your interactions will take place via your phone.

There are over 40 million smartphone owners in the United Kingdom and the devices are certainly having an impact on our day to day lives, including our romantic pursuits.

A new survey commisoned by gadget insurance website Row.co.uk has revealed that 39% of us use our smartphones to start new relationships by asking people out via text or an app like Tinder. 13.5% then use our phones while out on a date. Who said romance isn’t dead?

For 1 in 4 of us, text is our preferred method for ending a relationship. Technology also takes away the need for chivalry, apparently.

Amusingly, 13% of us have missent a flirty message and 7% of us have sent a flirty photo of ourselves to the wrong person! Several survey respondents admitted sending revealing photos to their ex, while one claimed to have done so to a family member! Well, this is awkward…

The survey also showed that over 700,000 Brits believe their addiction to their mobile phone has gotten in the way of their sex life, and revealed that 3 in 20 Brits admit to using their mobile phone to secretly flirt with other people while in a committed relationship. No wonder so many of us have trust issues! The same research shows that 28% of us regularly read our partner’s texts and snoop through their email inbox.



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