Study: Time Spent on PC Causes Stress for Couples

If your love life is feeling strained, may be it’s time to reconsider the relationship…with the computer. Using the PC is the third biggest source of stress in a relationship, beaten only by work-related issues and financial worries. When surveyed, 41 per cent of US adults who are married or in a relationship claimed that time spent on the computer is a source of stress in their relationship, with 23 per cent of couples believing that their partner devotes more time to their PC.

Of the findings Dr. John Gray, relationship expert and author of ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,’ said, “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 other.” Making matters worse is that computing performance itself is also becoming an issue. The nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of also discovered that 27 per cent of women admit that their computer has been a greater source of stress than their partner over the last six months. Additionally, 21 per cent of couples claim that when their computer crashes, freezes or does things too slowly, it creates more stress than an argument.

“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.” However, that doesn’t mean that couples can start blaming their computer as the source of all of their unhappiness: 58 per cent of men and 64 per cent of women accept that an argument is still more stressful than computer issues.


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