14022575It's hard to imagine a world before smartphones. Modern people now have access to a world's worth of information, their entire social life and a whole range of other programs and games, all through a small device in their pocket. It's no surprise that our smartphone use is taking over our day-to-day lives. But how are they affecting our sex lives?

As it turns out, smartphone addiction could be killing your chances in the bedroom. Research conducted by Durham University’s Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities - on behalf of Durex - has found that a large number of people have seen their sex life negatively affected by their smartphone use.

As it turns out, 40 per cent of the participants in the research had delayed sex because of their smartphone or some similar form of technology. For many of us, this might seem insane! What could possibly be more interesting than the prospect of sex? However, it is one of many signs that we are becoming a bit too attached to our tech.

One really surprising statistic was the number of people who admitted to answering their phones during sex! For many of us, that would be quite the turn-off, but a third of participants admitted to this practice!

One participant pointed out that smartphone use leads to people missing the signs of a partner ready for sex, saying: "I may want sex and he might not be aware of that, because he’s distracted on his phone."

However, there are also a number of ways that smartphones can be used to help people's sex lives. For example, many participants said their phones had been perfect at the start of relationships when they could easily keep in touch with partners using texts or emails. Two-thirds of participants said they used their phones to flirt.

The devices can even improve your sex life! Some 40 per cent of the participants said they had used their phones to send sexual pictures to their partners, which was not something they could easily do before. It just goes to show, it's not the device that is the issue but the way you use it!

Source: Durham University