CBS did a slightly sensationalist story this week about how peoples’ love lives are suffering because they bring technology into the bedroom. An excerpt:
Therapist Ian Kerner said BlackBerrys, cell phones and e-mail are invading the bedroom and hurting our ability to connect with out mates.
"It’s part of a growing syndrome where we are tuning out of our relationships, and not tuning into each other," he said. "I think it’s just a feeling of wanting to stay connected. … afraid of being alone. And sometimes you can be in the bedroom with somebody and still feel alone. Technology is a way of feeling immersed and connected and present."
Kerner offered some tips for people who want to stop technology from encroaching on their love-life.
- Reject: Get rid of everything that obstructs your relationship whether technology, TVs, piles of newspapers, and magazines.
- Redecorate: Make your bedroom your own special place with new sheets, pillows or wall art.
- Renew: Create new rules for inside the bedroom. No technology, no stressful arguments. No paying bills in bed
Via Regina Lynn at Wired, who says the issue has more to do with bringing work into the bedroom and not technology per se, and I tend to agree.