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Jan 31, 2023

Are you constantly checking your phone while spending time with your partner? Do you find yourself spending more time on social media than connecting with your significant other? 

Technology has drastically changed the way we interact and communicate in our relationships. From social media to dating apps, technology has greatly impacted the way we form and maintain intimacy in our relationships. But what exactly are the effects of technology on intimacy?

In this episode, we will dive into the research and explore the positive and negative impacts of technology on intimacy in relationships, from how it can enhance connection and communication to how it can lead to feelings of disconnection and dissatisfaction.

Join us as we uncover the truth about how technology is shaping the way we connect with our loved ones.

Tim Johnson is the founder and CEO of Couply, which is an app for couples. Couply has helped over 250,000 people build better relationships.

Prior to that, he was with Wattpad, which was an app that helped writers share their books, which grew to 100 million monthly users and was acquired by Naver for 660 million.

Tim also spent 10x years in the Red Cross, in various programs from, helping reunite families separated by war and conflict, to supporting bullying prevention in youth.

Check out the transcript of this episode on Dr. Jessica Higgin's website.

In this episode

6:16 An app that helps people navigate and sustain healthy relationships inspired by his personal experience and heartache.

12:49 How technology is impacting the relationship space: Insights from a study of 1500 couples.

21:07 Social media algorithms and their psychological impact, including the infinite scroll feature and how it can lead to people becoming distracted and spending more time on their phones than intended.

26:05 The conversation of trust and boundaries in the digital age. 

35:44 The pressure of presenting a perfect relationship on social media and its negative effects on mental health.

41:52 How technology can be helpful for relationships and self-discovery: the importance of discussing both the positive and negative aspects.

44:30 Virtual reality and long-distance relationships.

51:03 The power of the enneagram app.

57:30 Tim explains how the Kupple app gamifies the relationship-building process and makes it more convenient for couples to connect.


EEP 255: How to Deal with Problems Related to Social Media in Relationship – An Interview with Dr. Marisa T. Cohen

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