New research has revealed how using technology in the bedroom is in fact encouraging couples to spend more quality time together, busting the common suggestion that tech is damaging relationships.
Research of 1,153 UK adults carried out by gadgets and technology e-tailer, Laptopsdirect.co.uk, found that British couples keep nine gadgets in the bedroom on average – but 72% said they feel this is actually improving their relationship.
The top ten gadgets kept in the bedroom were found to be: Televisions, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, smartwatches, games consoles, Amazon Echo/Google Home speakers, laptops, wearable fitness trackers and baby monitors.
A large number (68%) said they are more likely to go to bed earlier to spend quality time together as a couple – such as settling in to watch Netflix or enjoy a Podcast in bed.
The devices most commonly used by couples in bed was unsurprisingly televisions, with 73% claiming they enjoy watching together whilst relaxing before going to sleep.
More than half (59%) of Brits say that reading an e-book in bed relaxes them, while more than 1 in 3 (39%) couples enjoy the quality time they feel they get from watching TV and films on devices while in bed together. Finally, it was revealed that 16% of those surveyed said that they enjoy quality time together whilst playing games consoles from the comfort of their duvet.
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk said:
“It’s great to see how couples are using gadgets to their advantage to enhance their relationships in 2019. In a world where personal relationships are constantly strained, if watching their favourite show together on a tablet means a couple is more likely to snuggle up and enjoy relaxation time in the bedroom together, that can only be a good thing.”
Laptops Direct is the UK’s largest online laptop specialist, selling a wide range of new and refurbished laptops from leading brands, as well as a wide range of other lifestyle gadgets.