Is Your Computer Causing Relationship Stress?

  Is Your Computer Causing Relationship Stress?

  As Valentine’s Day Approaches, New Survey Indicates 41% of Adults That Are
  Married/or in a Relationship Think Time Spent by Themselves or Significant
       Other On the Computer is a Cause of Stress in their Relationship

Business Wire

BOISE, Idaho -- February 7, 2013

As Americans get set to express their love with flowers, candy and expensive
dinners this February, new research commissioned by provides
greater insight into the effect that computers are having on relationships.

Dr. John Gray, relationship expert and author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are
from Venus (Photo: Bus ...

Dr. John Gray, relationship expert and author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are
from Venus (Photo: Business Wire)

The nationwide survey*, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of, revealed that 41% of surveyed U.S. adults who are married/in a
relationship and have a computer, say that time spent on the computer (either
by them or their spouse/significant other) is a source of stress in their
relationship. 59% cited work-related issues as causing relationship strain and
75% indicated that finances were a cause of stress in their relationship.

Said Dr. John Gray, relationship expert and author of Men Are from Mars, Women
Are from Venus, “A computer’s performance can increase or lower stress in a
relationship. We’re living in a world where most people spend more  time with
a computer on a daily basis than they do with their spouse or significant

In particular, the survey also revealed that nearly one-quarter (23%) of
surveyed men and women who are married/in a relationship said that they
believe that their spouse or significant other spends too much time on the
computer. Moreover, women are more frequently frustrated by their computer’s
performance as more than one-quarter (27%) of surveyed women (ages 35-44) who
are married/in a relationship indicated that their computer has caused
frustration and/or stress more frequently than has their spouse/significant
other over the past 6 months.

“These findings are fascinating because of the changing dynamic between people
and their computers,” added Dr. Gray. “I have a lot of couples coming to me
about issues that cause tension in their relationships—of course, finances and
job stress are the usual suspects, but I am also hearing more concern about
time spent on the computer.”

Additionally, 21% of surveyed U.S. adults who are married/in a relationship
and have a computer indicate that computer problems (e.g. slowness, crashes,
freezing) are generally more stressful than an argument with their
spouse/significant other.

“It is interesting that both human relationships and computers are similar in
that they are both capable of prompting strong, passionate feelings and
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marketing director, “Unlike our relationships with others, often
times improving the relationship we have with our computers is as simple as
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*Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of from November 30 - December 4, 2012 among
2,691 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a
probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can
be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables,
please contact Will Ostedt at

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