Couples who have been together for 10 years or less show different patterns of technology usage in the context of their relationship compared with those who have been together for a longer period of time.Couples who have been together for a decade or less—also typically younger than those who have been together for longer—are much more likely to have used dating services or the internet to meet their partner, to use technology to help with the logistics and communication in their relationship, and to report that the internet had an impact on their relationship.Adults who are long-partnered use technology in their relationship, but are more likely to use some of it together—by sharing email addresses and social media profiles as a couple.
Sexting, or sending sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos and videos via cell phone, is practiced by couples and singles alike.
This report is based on the findings of a survey on Americans’ use of the internet.
The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from April 17 to May 19, 2013, among a sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older.
Telephone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (1,125) and cell phone (1,127, including 571 without a landline phone).
The internet, cell phones, and social media have become key actors in the life of many American couples— the 66% of adults who are married or in committed relationships.
Couples use technology in the little and large moments.
They negotiate over when to use it and when to abstain.
A portion of them quarrel over its use and have had hurtful experiences caused by tech use.
At the same time, some couples find that digital tools facilitate communication and support.