Attachment to Technology: The Missing Link
Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy
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Technology has transformed the way in which we conduct our interactions and communications in our relationships. As smartphones and the Internet have become embedded within managing our romantic relationships, they adopt a role much like another member of the couple. The purpose of this report is to present a perspective that, much like our attachment to our partners in romantic relationships, we are developing attachments to the technologies themselves. We will briefly summarize the state of the research on technology and anxiety and the work to date on technology use based on attachment style and present characteristics and examples elucidating attachment styles to technology.
Technology; Smartphone; Internet; Attachment; Bowlby
Hertlein, K. M.,
Twist, M. L.
Attachment to Technology: The Missing Link.
Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 17(1),