How technology affects the quality of sexual relationships

Although over half of people (52%) go on holidays with high expectations of sex, 60% of them admit that reality does not meet their expectations, according to a Durex study, on a sample of 2,000 people.

Technology misuse causes misunderstanding in the couple

4 out of 10 people said they were less open to starting sexual contact if the partner was focused on the phone in bed, and 41% of people admitted having spent their holiday nights with their partner in bed, but each -they were more on the phone than on intimacy.

The results of this survey clearly confirm that “digital entertainment” affects sexual intercourse. More than a quarter of study participants have admitted that excess technology during the holidays may lead to discussion and misunderstanding. More than half (59%) admitted that they or their partners spend too much time on the phone, and little more than half said that their relationship suffers from this habit – 72 participants admitted to using their mobile phone even during the act sexual.

Social media more exciting than your partner?

The study revealed significant differences in behavior between different age groups. Nearly one-fifth of survey respondents admitted that phones and tablets are in the way of sexual intercourse during the leave. However, the figures are higher for people under 35 (those who grew up with technology) – one third of them recognized that technology affects their sex life during their vacation. In addition, 15% of respondents admitted they had fewer sexual acts during the holiday than they used to be, being distracted by technology. The figure goes up to 25% for the under 35 years.

Social media are enjoying a growing interest: 65% of the participants said they were posting up to three times a day during their vacation, and 42% admitted they were sharing special moments of vacation to their virtual friends rather than their partners .

Time spent on psicle or beach time is the main moments of relaxation and disconnection, but almost half of people said they used to use phones and tablets at the time. Women tend to do this much higher than men – 27% more.

The Durex survey was conducted on a sample of 2,000 people over 20 years of age – heterosexual couples who have the experience of at least one holiday together in the last year.

Over half of the study participants (57%) said their sexual appetite would increase if their partner closed their phone and would concentrate on moments spent together during the leave. To test whether these statistics are really reflected in modern relationships, Durex invited real couples to their ideal holiday as part of a socially-experimented experiment: half of these couples had no technology at all, and the other half had at their disposal various devices. The movie resulting from the #DONOTDISTURB experiment has given couples around the world a fascinating insight into the effect on the may have a break from technology on their sexual life.

Dr Sharif Mowlabocus, Center of Sexual Dissidence, University of Sussex, has conducted a scientific study accompanying the results of the Durex survey. According to the doctor, instead of associating the hotel room with a romantic, friendly relationship, many couples perceive the hotel room as a technology-intensive environment due to access to WiFi Internet. According to Dr. Mowlabocus, there is clear evidence that “the use of a device by one partner encourages the other partner to do so,” which aggravates the problem.

Dr Mowlabocus’s conclusion is that “study participants strongly believe that holidays should be about disconnection – from work, from domestic and social media issues. However, the hotel room, although intimate, feels like a media center where the partners upload photos during the day, interact with friends through messenger apps, and watch friends’ newsfeeds. Perhaps a solution would be to introduce more constraints, such as the use of phones, allowed in the lobby rather than in the room, or a limited time to use the phone in the room. ”

Vacancies used to be a time of relaxation and reconnection with partners,” adds Volker Sydow, Global Durex Director. “However, this experiment has shown us that increasing confidence in technology as a way of fun and affirmation, even during holidays, limits our chances of revitalizing our relationships. Durex makes a call to couples to take a break from technology during their vacation and enjoy interaction with their partner rather than the phone. “

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