Would You Take Your PDA or Spouse Along on Vacation?

A new study shows how PDAs and other hand-held devices are weakening relationships.

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Would You Choose Your PDA over Your Spouse?

35 Percent Say Yes!

-Carolyn French

woman with hand-held electronicIs technology truly killing romance? According to a new study about addictive hand-held devices, it is.

More than 6,000 traveling executives were asked if – given the choice – they would rather bring their significant other or PDA along on vacation. Without batting an eye, 35 percent openly stated they would gladly opt for their Crackberry or other PDA over their spouse.

“WTF?” to the hundredth power!

Sixty-two percent “love” their PDA or BlackBerry; 84 percent check their e-mail directly before falling asleep; and 80 percent check it again as soon as they wake up.
And to make matters worse, 87 percent of those quizzed confessed to bringing their devices into the bedroom.

“It can actually ruin relationships,” Dr. Susan Bartell, a psychologist and relationship expert, affirmed. “People are so focused on their PDAs, they’re not focusing on what might be going wrong in their relationships.”

Madonna, however, thinks otherwise.

“It’s not unromantic. It’s practical,” she said of her gadget obsession in Elle‘s May issue. “I’m sure loads of couples have their BlackBerry‘s in bed with them. I have to sleep with my BlackBerry because I often wake up in the middle of the night and remember that I’ve forgotten something, so I jump up and make notes.”

She was quick to add – “Guy’s always waiting for me to come to bed, so he plays Brick Breaker on his BlackBerry until I’m ready.”

Survey says: technology is the death of romance.

Tell us: Have hand-held devices impaired your relationship with your spouse?


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