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One in three people have answered the phone during sex

That’s according to new research which says smartphones are getting in the way of love-making.

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YOUR SMARTPHONE MAY be getting in the way of your sex life according to new research in which one in three people admitted they had answered a phone call during sex.

Researchers at Durham University recently carried out a study of heterosexual couples to discover how smartphones were impacting on their sex lives.

While the phone proved to be an aphrodisiac in the early stages; bringing couples together with flirty texts and photos; the study found that with time the always-on smartphone is quite the turn-off.

“Participants felt that smartphones encroached onto sexual activity, with 40 per cent admitting that they had delayed sex because of technology use,” commented Dr Mark McCorman, study leader.

Others in the study confessed to hurrying sexual activity in order to respond to messages when they heard the smartphone chime. Ten per cent of participants in the study had used smartphones to facilitate affairs, and one of the female respondents described her partner’s smartphone as ‘the other woman in our marriage’.

The main message, according to Dr McCormack, is that technology and smartphones are central to the organisation of modern romantic relationships – in both positive and negative ways.

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The researcher will be speaking about love and technology at ‘The Future of Love‘ event in Filmbase, Dublin, on 13 November. 

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