Psychologist Explains the lure of Technologies and Online Relationships As our lives become increasingly dependent upon evolving technological habits, the time we spend conversing face-to-face has dropped dramatically. Over 73 percent of American adults use the Internet regularly to text message, email or instant message loved ones. As our daily life has become inundated with the communication tools right at our finger tips, it is becoming crucial for couples to find the right balance between online and face-to-face communication. Technology, when used properly, has the ability to increase intimacy and connectedness. The Internet holds limitless potential for shaping and strengthening relationship because the potential for interactions is constantly shifting. Ultimately, couples can foster healthier relationships using technology. Couples must understand the good, but must also beware of the bad and ugly consequences of its improper use that can endanger relationships and replace reality. Guest: Dr. Linda Young Online advisor at IncredibleInternet.com and Staff Psychologist at Seattle University Dr. Young has been a practicing psychologist for 15 years and is currently a staff psychologist at Seattle University. In her practice, she has witnessed both the deepening and the dissolution of relationships as a result of evolving technological habits. While most people have adapted to the benefits and pitfalls of technology in the business sphere, Dr. Young believes that its just as important to examine how technology affects the way we communicate and relate to our partners in our personal lives. The public can request her expert advice at http://www.incredibleinternet.com www.incredibleinternet.com and read her perspectives on communications technology and relationships. According to Dr. Young: Ģ Responsible, creative use of technologies can promote healthy relationships. Ģ The Internet can seduceoffering easy access to dangerous activitiesin a private, virtually secret environment. Ģ Web cams can be used constructively in long-distance relationships. Ģ Second Life has become a place where shy couples explore intimacy. Ģ Couples need to understand their partners technology preferences so they can achieve a healthy balance. Ģ The face value of easy connectivity should not replace personal, face-to-face interaction. Ģ Couples can avoid dangerous technological habits. Ģ More information is available at http://www.incredibleinternet.com www.incredibleinternet.com . This interview is produced for: Qwest Communications International, Inc. and IncredibleInternet.com.