Nobody wants to be that couple. The ones at the restaurant who are more engrossed in their phones than they are each other, who spend more time telling their Facebook friends what an amazing time they're having than they do, well, having that amazing time.
But it would seem that there are now even more good reasons to switch off from technology when we're on dates. Quite apart from the obvious loss of social interaction that occurs when you're more caught up in liking and sharing via your smartphone than you are in the moment, scientists at Boston University say that social media simply isn't good for relationships. Facebook use in particular has been singled out as having "a positive, significant predictor of divorce rate and spousal troubles".
And yet another report, compiled by Pitt’s Centre for Research On Media, Technology and Health, concluded that young people who frequently check in on social media are 2.7 times more likely to develop depression than lighter users. Quitting Facebook, even for a short time, had an even greater effect on those who report experiencing “Facebook envy”—feelings of jealousy and inferiority as a result of seeing other users’ pictures and posts.