Relationship Etiquette for the Technology-Obsessed

by NextWorth on February 14, 2014

Be it a smartphone, tablet, computer, or television, being too attached to technology can make us disconnected from people. But when used effectively, it can do just the opposite! Follow our etiquette rules for using technology while in a relationship.

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Don’t Check Your Phone During Date Night

Whether you’re out to dinner, seeing a movie, or just hanging out, being too connected to your technology will make your partner think you’re disinterested in spending time with them. They are worth more than your Facebook status.

Evaluate the Need to Lock Your Device

If your partner questions why you have locked-down your device, explain your intentions. If the answer is, “to keep you out of it,” you should be reevaluating your relationship or your actions.

Try Out Apps To Bring You Closer

In both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store, there are a number of apps that can be used to better the relationship between you and your partner. Check out the apps, “Avocado” or  “Fix A Fight” to use technology to bring you and your partner closer.

Don’t Surf Social Media

We all do it—you pull up Facebook or your favorite news source and get lost. But if doing this evokes a constant stream of “uh-huhs” and “mm-hmms,” you aren’t connecting to conversation. Know the right and wrong times to use your devices.

Just remember, technology won’t replace human interaction. Everyone loves a nice shout-out on social media, but never forget to show appreciation in the real world. A hug, a kiss, or hearing the words ‘thank you’ will always be better than words on a screen. Always let the ones closest to you know how much they mean to you. Sometimes the best thing to do is to put your devices down and appreciate the time spent with a loved one.

If used effectively, technology doesn’t have to be a hindrance on your friendships, relationships, or professional connections. The most responsible thing you can do with your technology; however, is to recycle it when you’re ready to upgrade. Visit NextWorth.com for a 30-day Price-lock buy-back quote on your device and upgrade to the newest, coolest gadgets on the market.

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In a world where technology frequently impedes the human-to-human connection, some apps are designed to do just the opposite—like apps aimed at strengthening relationships. Download these eight apps to bring you and your partner closer this Valentine’s Day!

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Avocado

The idea behind Avocado is “surreptitious co-presence” —taking every step of life with your partner without facing judgment from others on social media. Avocado gives couples a private chat setting, allowing for safe, secure delivery of pictures, texts, and videos, as well as real-time sharing of lists and calendars, and more.

Couple

The Couple app—similar to Avocado—includes a feature called  “thumbkiss.” When your thumb is pressed to the screen in the same place, at the same time as your partner, the device turns red and vibrates to resemble a sort of “virtual kiss” between you and your love. Couple also aggregates messages, pictures, and videos into a “Moments” section so you can remember all your Couple memories.

Kahnoodle

Doing nice, heartfelt favors for your partner is vital in any lasting relationship—the “little things,” like making your partner lunch to take to work, bringing home some flowers just because, or a shoulder massage after a long day. Kahnoodle turns these small favors into “relationship currency,” known as “kudos.” As you accumulate kudos, you may redeem them for “digital love coupons” for everything from a night out, to an afternoon watching the kids, and much more.

Tokii

If you find your relationship needs improved communication, Tokii could make things a bit easier for you. Tokii encourages open communication with the ability to “set your mood” so your partner knows how you’re feeling. Included in this app are more than 300 games and quizzes to answer both the easy and the difficult questions every couple faces – from “what’s your favorite restaurant?” to “should we move in together?”

Love Maps

Developed by Couple Experts John and Julie Gottman, the Love Maps app helps couples to better understand not only their partner’s “inner-world and personal experiences,” but also their hopes and aspirations for the future. The more you know about what is important to your partner’s life, the better, more fulfilling your relationship will be.

Icebreak for Couples

Icebreak for Couples provides couples the ability to send icebreakers intended to keep the “flame burning” in relationships. Featuring a “relationship score” and “date night coins” good for nights out with your love, this app is considered by Apple as “the best app on the iPhone for couples to stay close and stay in love.”

Duet

Ask yourself two questions: what do you want to do, and; who do you want to do it with? Duet can help you answer these questions by bringing romance back to one-on-one communication; it reminds us to do things we like, with the people we love. Propose ideas to your partner or love interest, in a secure, private network, with messages, videos, and more.

Fix A Fight

Arguments and disagreements are inevitable in a long-term relationship, but that shouldn’t tear your love life apart. Created by psychotherapist Mark McGonigle, this app claims to help mend the intimate connection that is tarnished from a fight. McGonigle uses the same tips and exercises in this app that he uses with his clients.

Be sure you have the most up-to-date technology for all these great apps by upgrading your device with NextWorth. Get the most for your device, so you can buy a newer model and maybe a nice candlelight dinner out this Valentine’s Day.

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