Smartphones have made life so easy. From banking to flirting, clicking pictures to sending romantic messages, your phone can do everything. But all good things in life come at a price, right? And by price, we aren’t talking about the hefty six-digit price of the latest gadget. We are paying the price of convenience with so many things that had great value in our life. A text might be replacing the conversation we have with a loved one, flowers perhaps are replaced by emojis and whatnot. And for long, people have been arguing about how smartphones are affecting their love life, albeit adversely. Now even science has proved that using smartphones in bed can ruin your sex life and how!
The sexual health department at the Cheikh Khalifa Ben Zayed international university hospital in Casablanca in Morocco has revealed that a whopping 60 per cent of the study participants admitted to having problems in their sex lives because of smartphones. Around 600 people took part in the study and a surprising number of 92 per cent participants admitted to using their smartphones at night. The study also found that the smartphones negatively impacted adults aged between 20 and 45 years, with 60 per cent saying the devices disturbed their “sexual performances.”
According to the study report, “Around 50 per cent of the interviewees declared ‘not being comfortable’ with their sex lives because of the large portion of time allocated to smartphone use.”
Another survey conducted last year by SureCall—a US-based company that produces devices to boost cell phone reception— found that 17 per cent millennials reach for their smartphone during sex.
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Almost three-quarters said they sleep with their smartphone either on or next to their bed at night. Those who sleep with their phone nearby were twice as likely to admit they feel fear or anxiety when away from the device.
Alarmingly, these people were also twice as likely to say they are ‘somewhat dissatisfied with their lives’, the survey claimed.
An earlier study by Durham University and commissioned by condom-maker Durex found that people are more likely to be seduced by gadgets than by their partners. One-third of the participants in the study admitted to interrupting sex to answer incoming calls. Mark McCormack, who carried out the interviews, said taking gadgets into the bedroom has “potentially serious costs to relationships”. Couples keen to know how their smartphones could make their sex lives more exciting were surprised to learn the answer is the switch-off key!