Years ago in the very early days of computers a work colleague of mine got into the habit of bring his Commodore 64 into work when we worked weekends, That wasn't a problem as we had set shifts and by early afternoon the work was usually done so it was a way to kill the remaining hours.
Talking to him about it it became apparent that he was getting so addicted to it that it was seriously affecting his married life at home with his wife complaining that he spent too much time on it and they never talked anymore or did anything together anymore.
Anyone else seeing the same thing happen with smartphones?
I don't see such a problem with so-called smart phones. Not yet anyway.
What I do see a problem with is the amount of time some spend with things like:
Playstation, Xbox, Wii, etc.
And I don't mean just kids. I know grown adults who spend at least 2-3, or more, hours per day on these gaming consoles. Married ones at that. But, as has been already mentioned, it's obvious there's something wrong in the marriage to begin with.
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I used to work beside a guy (Software programmer and committed "gamer") and at a party at his house one (rare) night, his slightly tipsy wife yelled "Hey Dave! If I have QWERTY tattooed across my tits do you think you'd play with them a little more?"
I'd say that anything that kills a marriage is just a proxy for the real problems that exist. There are certain individuals with addictive personalities who hook into gadgets or whatever and become obsessed by their charms, but i'd wager that they are in the minority.
I worry about the younger generations who are so hooked into the electronic life that they seem incapable of concentrating on anything that isn't virtual and are losing the ability to communicate with others. God only knows what kinds of dysfunctional relationships will be spawned from these seeds.