Not everyone turns off their iPhone when they're feeling frisky.
One in 10 adults admitted to using their smartphones during sex in a new Mobile Consumer Habits study. That figure jumps to one in five for 18-to-34-year-olds.
The behavior can harm or help sexual intimacy, according to Brier Jirka, a certified sex therapist at Methodist Women's Center at 192nd and Dodge in Omaha.
“It's an issue when it's interrupting dinner dates and intimacy time, but when it's sex, people are very open to it, using it as a tool, a way to share eroticism,” she said.
The report didn't specify whether the adults are using their phone to text or check Facebook or using it together to access pornography or film themselves, Jirka added.
Phones follow couples on dinner dates, too. One-third of adults use their smartphones while at a restaurant with their significant other.
“(That) tends to build resentment,” Jirka said. “Couples become defensive. They become very critical of each other, (saying), 'You know you pay more attention to your phone than me.”
The survey also reported that 12 percent of attached respondents said they believe cellphones get in the way of their relationships. Jirka said the key to addressing the problem is open, honest communication.
"You have to agree on the ground rules," she said.
More than 1,000 adults across the U.S. participated in the telephone survey. For more details on how Americans use their cellphones, click here.
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