London: A new study reveals how overuse of smartphones, especially, during midnight hours can destroy intimacy in relationships, leading to break-ups, cheating and divorce in modern days.
The study pointed that as the quality of our physical connections gets diluted, people expect less and forget what real romance is.
For the study, researchers from the Oxford University in Britain studied 24,000 married European couples and they found a direct link between use of social networking sites and marital satisfaction.
“The more couples read about others' exciting lives on social media, the more likely they were to view their own with disappointment and disdain,” the authors noted.
Also, in a separate study, researchers from the University of Missouri in the US interviewed hundreds of Facebook users aged between 18 and 82.
They found that actual intimacy suffered as the use of social media increased with the help of smartphones past midnight.
(With IANS inputs)