How Technology Is Impacting Relationships

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by Geo Beats

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Increasingly experts are finding that technology isn’t the relationship killer that many think it is.

Internet-enabled devices have been much maligned for being the catalyst from everything from frayed social bonds to the demise of the family.

Increasingly, however, experts are finding that they’re not nearly as nefarious as some would have you believe.

Take Internet dating, for example. A University of Chicago study involving nearly 20 thousand people revealed that couples who met online had slightly longer and happier relationships.

A well known anthropologist has also found that humans derive the same amount of satisfaction from a video conversation on Skype as they do one that happens face-to-face.

Other research has revealed that the social media sites like Facebook have thus far done little to impact how individuals form close communities.

While it may look like people have hundreds of friends, the size of their social core hasn’t changed much at all. The base group remains between 5 and 10 family members and close friends.

Of course, all of those findings resulted from studying people who began to develop their social skills in a significantly less technology-ridden environment.

As the generation that has had access to Internet-enabled gadgets their entire lives has yet to reach what experts consider full social maturity, the verdict is still out.