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The role of smartphones and technology in sexual and romantic lives.

McCormack, M. (2015) 'The role of smartphones and technology in sexual and romantic lives.', Project Report. Durham University.

Abstract

Technology has revolutionised our lives. From free texts to dating and hook-up apps, technology, and specifically smartphones, are transforming the dynamics of our sexuality in contemporary culture. This research, funded by Durex, examined the impact of technology and smartphones on romance, intimacy and sex for people in long-term relationships. Using in-depth, qualitative interviews with 30 people from a diverse range of backgrounds across England, this research shows that while smartphones are central to contemporary romantic relationships, they are also a cause of stress and tension. These tensions can be subtle and complex, but have the potential to negatively impact on relationships if they are not dealt with. While participants had strategies to deal with some of these issues, there was also dissatisfaction with the use of smartphones in their lives.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Full text:PDF (Executive summary) - Published Version (596Kb)
Full text:PDF (Final report) - Published Version (539Kb)
Status:Public
Publisher Web site:http://www.durex.com/
Publisher statement:Funding for this research was provided by Durex™.
Record Created:10 Mar 2015 14:35
Last Modified:17 Apr 2015 11:40

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