The landscape of couple leisure time has shifted to include and, in some relationships, rely upon technology use. Technology has the potential to intrude upon face-to-face interactions and quality time together—i.e., technoference, phubbing. However, it is also likely that couples engage in shared technology use, which could lead to bonding. In the current work, we examined one’s own, one’s partner’s, and shared technology use during couple time across 10 days and the potential impacts on couple-time satisfaction, conflict, and relationship quality. We utilized data from 145 couples who completed a baseline online survey and 10 days of daily online surveys concerning leisure time spent together with their partner and their technology use. Multilevel mediational modeling revealed within-person associations between own and partner technology use with daily leisure satisfaction and leisure conflict. Small, but significant within-person indirect effects on daily relationship quality through leisure satisfaction and conflict were also found for own and partner technology use. In other words, results implied a pathway where technology use impacts one’s satisfaction with and conflict during time spent together, and then this (dis)satisfaction and conflict impacts daily relationship quality. Although shared technology use was also a significant predictor, its effects were not robust.
McDaniel, B. T., Galovan, A. M., & Drouin, M. (2020). Daily technoference, technology use 10 during couple leisure time, and relationship quality. Media Psychology. 11 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15213269.2020.1783561