Intel Security reveals findings of a study on the impact of technology on human relationships in India

Valentine's Day is just under a week away, and according to an Intel study, you are more likely to spend time with your smartphone than your partner.

Valentine's Day is just under a week away, and while you might be making plans to spend time with your loved ones, have you stopped to consider how much time you will be spending with your smartphone that day, and how it will affect human relationships? Intel has studied the consequences of living in an increasingly connected world, and has revealed some of the pressing challenges that users face in India.

57 percent of Indian users have said that they have had to compete with the device of their partners for attention, on the first date. 60 percent of adults think their significant others are more attentive to their smartphones than their partners. 75 percent of Indians have gotten into an argument over the use of a device when they are with their partners. The findings are a part of a global study on human relationships and the role of devices, called "Three’s Company: Lovers, Friends and Devices."

The problem is so acute that users can say that the device of each partner has become another entity in the relationship. The use of connected devices by Indians is increasing day by day. At home, Indians spend more time on their devices, rather than interacting with other people at home. 43 percent of the time is spent on devices, whereas only 40 percent of the time is spent interacting with other family members.

Even though excessive device usage by partners is a source of displeasure, 24 percent of Indian couples say that they do not set rules for device usage when they are together. 33 percent of couples claim they set rules for how much a device may be used, when they are going out. There is also an unhealthy amount of personal password sharing. 46 percent of Indian couples share their social networking passwords, 38 percent share the passwords to their email addresses, and nearly 35 percent shockingly share the login details of their work related accounts.

Intel Security has some tips for customers to stay safe. One of the preliminary measures is to use an anti-virus software. Intel suggests that users set up two factor authentication for all account login processes, when available. Intel also suggests using random alphanumeric strings, and password managers to secure accounts with strong passwords. It is a good idea to regularly purge a smartphone of all personal information.

The most important tip by Intel Security is to take some time away from the device and focus on human relationships. The study shows the importance of managing and controlling device usage while socially interacting with people, as well as the need to remain vigilant while sharing personal information, even with near and dear ones.

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