Computers Replace Humans in Relationship Stakes

Should your lover have a heart beat?

Despite being a techie, one's closest companion should still have a heartbeat. Right?

No I'm not talking about blow-up dolls here, I'm talking about the challenges surrounding a healthy work/life balance. Admit it, finding the right balance can be a real juggling act.

Have you ever stopped and really pondered the question of whether more time is spent on your computer or favourite gadget than with your closest companion? If you haven't thought about it, then maybe its time you did.

Does your spouse get as much time as your computer? Are you concerned about the results of this question? If not, then maybe you should be.

Admittedly, we live in the modern age of technology but surely our closest companion should still be human. We should engage in the joy and complexity of a real-life relationship, rather than one that begins and ends with the option to "restart" or "shutdown".

If this phrase: "Either that computer goes or I do!" is a familiar one, then trouble is brewing. Maybe its time to pack your bags or get online and start a Web site search for romance.

It is not uncommon for most people in the year 2007 to find themselves staring into a computer screen instead of the eyes of a loved one. For example, recent research undertaken in the United States by Kelton Research found a whopping 65 percent of those polled spend more time with their home computer than their spouse.

But such an inanimate partner isn't likely to be a hub of satisfaction. An estimated 84 percent of those surveyed said they were more dependent on their home computer now than three years ago.

But this is one hell of a rocky relationship. On average, those polled said they had experienced computer problems more than eight times during that three year period. Even really bad marriages don't have breakdowns that often.

On average, those polled estimated they wasted 12 hours per month on computer problems but were unable to determine if they spent as many hours fighting with their spouse. The majority of those surveyed - 52 percent - described the experience of their biggest recent computer problem as one of anger, sadness or alienation.

The emotional fallout was similar to that which accompanies a bad relationship.

Let's be honest here and admit - they're both unreliable - lover and computer.

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