One of my biggest issues with the age of technology is the lack of eye contact we now make with each other. If we're not fixated on our smartphones or iPods, we're probably thinking of ways to avoid locking eyes with strangers on the street or subway. Texting is now our number one form of communication (surpassing phone conversations and e-mails), and quick one-liners are more frequent than longer, detailed messages. And while texting has made life a lot easier, in many ways, it has also changed the way many relationships in the 21st century function. In fact, recent research shows that texting can actually disconnect couples, rather than bring them closer together. Many couples now choose to have arguments over text messages rather than in person. This seems rather counterproductive to me because things can easily get lost in translation and become misinterpreted -- especially because you can't see the person's reaction. Research also shows that if men try to apologize over text messages, it never goes over too well, while women get in trouble when they text their significant other too often. What works perfectly, however, are the simple sweet messages that make everyone feel good. Cute little notes to your significant other saying you're thinking of them are always welcome. This video outlines some hits and misses when it comes to texting your significant other: [HTML1] That said, if you've got the luxury of having your significant other in close proximity, you should take advantage of spending quality time together, and communicating face to face. What's better than human interaction? Do you think the age of technology has made it harder or easier for relationships to work?