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Family 411: Romance At Your Fingertips
Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 07:11 AM EST
Smartphones are used for a variety of things these days. Now some couples are using them to spice up their relationships.
As Sheila Gray explains in tonight's Family 411 report, a simple text can keep the romance alive.
Elise Treadway doesn't have a lot of free time. She's a nurse, who's studying to be an RN while also raising a son, so she and her partner don't have a lot of facetime.
"I really enjoy when he sends me just little things like have a good day or good luck on a test," said Elise.
Elise and Tyler communicate more by texting - than talking.
"It's our way of letting each other know I'm thinking about you," said Tyler.
A survey by the Meredith Parents Network shows Elise & Tyler are not that unusual. 30 percent of Millenial Moms say they text their partners more than they talk to them. 21 percent say their smartphone or tablet has improved their love lives. And more than half of those moms reveal they've exchanged flirty texts.
Sociology professor Dr. Art Jipson says more couples are finding texting and even social media can renew the romance.
"Because there's a certain mystery to it. There's I'm thinking of you dot, dot, dot.." said Dr. Jipson.
Laura Mansfield uses her I-phone to stay in touch with her husband Dan.
There are times when he's going one way with one child and I'm going the other," said Mansfield.
Laura's not crazy about the lack of face time with Dan, but she says social media's brought her closer in some ways to her teenage daughters.
"We'll sit on the couch and watch thousands of Vines and just laugh," said Mansfield.
For Elise though, social media's a way to keep the spark in her relationship..
"I Iike the Snapchat thing when I can get a picture of him. It just makes it fun," said Mansfield.
The media mix works in two different ways for two different families. But Meredith Parents Networks says Millenial moms are re-writing the rules of engagement.
With all of that texting instead of talking, it's a lot easier to make a mistake. 13 percent of the moms surveyed have accidentally sent an inappropriate photo of themselves to someone who wasn't supposed to get it.