Couples should not let their thumbs do the talking when it comes to serious conversations, disagreements or apologies, according to a new study.
Researchers found that relationships may suffer because hi-tech communications can lead to couples 'disconnecting' with each other on serious issues.
'The bottom line is that if you don’t have something nice to text, better not text at all,' concluded the report.
Researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg from Brigham Young University in Utah studied 276 young adults and found that being constantly connected through technology can create cracks in committed relationships.
Just under 40 per cent of the study participants said they were in a serious relationship, 46 per cent were engaged and 16 per cent were married.