With so many singles turning to technology in their quest for love, it makes sense that technology can be the source of some discomfort for those in relationships. Whether it's tech incompatibility or just concerns that a partner has downloaded a dating app, smartphones have been the cause of many breakups.
Handing over the phone
One way some couples get over their concerns is by handing over their phones to one another at regular intervals. By showing that they have nothing to hide, the idea is that jealousy should be well and truly abated.
However, many find that this can lead to even more secretive behaviour. If you know that your partner will be checking your phone every weekend, you do a flurry of deleting every Friday before you leave work. Some even go so far as to have a second phone so that they can keep one 'clean' for inspection by their partner.
Not all about cheating
Of course, there are a lot of people who don't like handing over their phone. Even though they have nothing to hide, they dislike the idea that they need to be checked up on. For some, it can also be a matter of not wanting their partner to see other things on their phone.
One recent survey showed that many people secretly spend money behind their partner's back. By handing over their phone, they could be giving their partner information about purchases they have made. While secret spending isn't healthy in a relationship, most couples find that it is far less damaging than infidelity.
Secretly checking phones
While some couples are open about the need to look at each other's phones, many choose to secretly look at their partner's phones and tablets. This was the case for Samantha and her boyfriend, Aiden. The 23-year olds from Lincoln both admitted to regularly sneaking a peek on their partner's phones, just to see what they had been up to.
When Samantha walked in to find Aiden using her phone, she was nervous. Although she had done nothing wrong, she didn't trust his motivation for using her phone when his was on the sofa next to him.
A happy surprise
After a few minutes of using her phone, Aiden happily handed it back to Samantha. What she found was a heartwarming photo collage, which he had made for her using the Moldiv app, created by JellyBus and also available as Moldiv Android. When she went to unlock her phone, she saw that he had replaced her screensaver with a collage of photos spanning their relationship.
What really surprised her was the addition of a selfie in the collage, which Aiden had snapped from in the app, and the accompanying text. In the middle of the collage was Aiden, holding a diamond ring. Across the collage read the question she had been waiting to hear: 'Will you marry me?'
While many couples struggle with handing over their phones to one another, it can be the source of a great surprise.
This article was written by JellyBus.
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