It’s a common refrain: technology is killing our relationships. Couples have swapped date night for Netflix binging. They Candy Crush their way through an intimate conversation. They’ve replaced long walks on the beach with an all-out Facebook investigation into their friend’s cute new puppy.
We can blame a lot of our relationship woes on today’s tech — it’s true – but when technology’s power is harnessed the right way, it can become the very thing that saves us from love’s most common pitfalls.
So before powering down your electronics, consider the following three scenarios where technology might be the only thing that can help you save an untimely end to your relationship:
1. Your loved one is having a tech meltdown.
Admit it: there is no greater frustration known to mankind than when you’ve been working on a document for hours and the program crashes. Or when the printer isn’t printing. Or when you can’t access the baby pictures that you’re trying to show to your grandma.
The urge to pick up the computer/phone/tablet and throw it against the wall becomes a dark force within you. Your tech-savvy partner is out for the whole day and now the dog is even starting to judge you.
By adding a “remote control” application into the mix you can now virtually (and safely) access a computer and solve any problems from anywhere with an internet connection.
TeamViewer offers a free version for personal use and their latest version offers mobile-to-mobile remote control so you can even help your loved one with their phone faux pas.
2. You’ve left the tickets to the big show at home.
It has happened to all of us. You’re finally at the check-in for the sold-out concert.You reach into your pockets, and your heart drops as the realization sets in: the tickets have been left at home.
Remote control software lets you log in to your home computer, even when it’s unattended, from your phone, your partner’s phone or that tablet in your carry-on.
For more bonus points, use your smartphone’s built-in personal assistant and ask her to remind you to bring the tickets before you ever leave the house.
3. That special getaway you’ve planned is about to be ruined by work
One of the quickest buzzkills to any vacation is the unexpected work assignment from the boss or client who doesn’t care that this is the first time you and your partner are getting away together — without the kids/dogs/cats/ferrets — in over a year.
Enter virtual meeting applications.
They let you present documents, share files and even speak to your attendees all through the app with no need to long distance dial-in. You can tell your boss you’ll handle the presentation and still plan that special vacation without worrying that a big project might flare up.