Dr. John Gray, relationship expert and author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, voiced his observation that computers and technology have become a source of relationship tension. In a recent survey, 41 percent of participants said that time spent on a computer (either by themselves or significant other) is a cause for stress. Also, 18 percent indicated that their computer has caused more frustration more frequently than their significant other/spouse (over the past six months).

A surprising percentage of people admit time spent on a computer is causing stress in their relationships. In fact, 45 percent of males and 37 percent of females admitted to it. Younger people are believed to be more skilled working with computers as opposed to handling love and relationships. The reverse is generally thought to be true among older people.

Of those surveyed, 27 percent say their spouse spends too much time on the computer. “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,” says Dr. Gray. The stresses caused by computers (slowness, crashes, freezing) are more stressful than an argument, according to 21 percent of survey participants.

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Crucial.com from November 30 – December 4, 2012 among 2,691 adults ages 18 and older.

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