The impact of technology use on couple relationships: a neuropsychological perspective.

Leggett, Christina and Rossouw, Pieter (2014) The impact of technology use on couple relationships: a neuropsychological perspective.. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy, 2 1: 44-99. doi:10.12744/ijnpt.2014.0044-0099

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Author Leggett, Christina
Rossouw, Pieter
Title The impact of technology use on couple relationships: a neuropsychological perspective.
Journal name International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy
ISSN 2202-7653
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.12744/ijnpt.2014.0044-0099
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 44
End page 99
Total pages 56
Place of publication Park Ridge, QLD Australia
Publisher Dahlitz Media
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We are in the midst of an Internet revolution and entering an era of enhanced digital connectivity (Hoffman, Novak, & Venkatesh, 2004). The increasing use and accessibility of technology today allows humans to engage and disconnect continuously during face-to-face interactions. Technology is not only used in workspaces but in everyday social relationships as well. The impact of technology use on couple relationships from a neuropsychological perspective has not yet been explored, however. This study investigated the use of television (TV), mobile phones, computers, and laptops in a sample of 21 couples to assess how this impacts on an individual’s sense of safety, control, and attachment. It was found that using a laptop while in the presence of a partner, but without engaging/interacting with them, was associated with a couple’s negative perception of the relationship, but this effect was not found in relation to mobile, computer, or TV use. Conversely, it was found that couples using technology together while engaging/interacting was linked to positive perceptions about their relationship. This was found most specifically in TV use. It was concluded that technology may enhance or hinder couple relationships depending on the couple’s ability to manage, monitor, and reflect on its use.
Keyword Counselling psychology
Couple therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 29 Oct 2014, 15:54:03 EST by Pieter Rossouw on behalf of School of Psychology