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Updated by Fusion 360 on Nov 19, 2013
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Tips for a Happy, Unplugged Relationship

Couples in Utah today are facing a problem unique to this generation - too much technology. It sounds outlandish, since typically, technology just makes your life more convenient. However, it seems that too much technology in a relationship can be harmful for a number of reasons. Your technology could be damaging your relationship more than you realize. These tips can help if you’re already married, and if you’re not, they can ensure your preparation to defend your future marriage from too much technology.

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Less Texting, More Talking

Less Texting, More Talking

Your phone could be the number one form of technology that is harming your relationship, and it’s all because of texting. Both genders have problems with too much texting in a relationship, albeit for different reasons. According to a study performed by Utah’s own Brigham Young University, women are usually more dissatisfied when texting was used to settle arguments, whereas men are unhappy with too much texting. So don’t have private marriage therapy sessions through your phone! Of course, this doesn’t mean you should never text your sweetheart, as the same study shows that expressing affection over text enhances the quality of a relationship. (Remember, these results don’t hinge on whether you’re married or not, it applies to all relationships.)

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You’re Not Dating the Internet

You’re Not Dating the Internet

Internet addiction has become more and more common lately among young people, to the point that Internet therapy groups like NetAddiction are becoming more and more relevant. Additionally, it can be incredibly detrimental to a relationship. Depending on and interacting with the Internet more than your significant other can create an extremely unhealthy relationship. Smartphones have only made the problem worse, since the Internet is almost always at your fingertips. But practice some self-restraint, and next time you’re having dinner with your S.O., put your phone away to avoid that inevitable marriage therapy bill (and encourage them to do the same!)

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Screens Are Not Real Life

Screens Are Not Real Life

Everyone loves date night. Get some dinner and your favorite Utah restaurant and go to a movie. It’s a great formula for a great night, and it’s been used since people started using the term “going around with” as a synonym for “in a relationship with.” However, as technology becomes increasingly relevant in our lives, the date becomes less about the dinner, where you’re supposed to learn about one another and flirt to your heart’s content, and more about the movie, where you sit next to each other and romantically look in the same direction at a moving picture. Fun, right? It can be, but next time you’re planning a date, maybe step away from the tried and true, and go for something a bit more adventurous. Go on a famous Utah hike! Play badminton in full-size body suits! Do something unique and technology-free. This will definitely help you avoid marriage therapy someday.

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