Spending time in front of the computer was reported as the third-biggest source of relationship strife cited by couples in a recent survey, beaten only by work and financial issues.
According to one expert, most people spend more time with a computer on a daily basis than they do with their spouse.
When surveyed, 41 percent of US adults who are married or in a relationship claim that time spent on the computer is a source of stress in their relationship, with 23 percent of couples believing that their partner devotes too much time to their PC, the New York Daily News reported.
Of the findings Dr. John Gray, relationship expert and author of 'Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus,' said: "A computer's performance can increase or lower stress in a relationship. We're living in a world where most people spend more time with a computer on a daily basis than they do with their spouse or significant other."
Making matters worse is that computing performance itself is also becoming an issue.
The nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Crucial.com also discovered that 27 percent of women admit that their computer has been a greater source of stress than their partner over the last six months.
Additionally, 21 percent of couples claim that when their computer crashes, freezes or does things too slowly, it creates more stress than an argument.
"These findings are fascinating because of the changing dynamic between people and their computers," Dr. Gray said.
"I have a lot of couples coming to me about issues that cause tension in their relationships-of course, finances and job stress are the usual suspects, but I am also hearing more concern about time spent on the computer," he added. (ANI)