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QMy boyfriend is al­ways on his iphone, talk­ing, tex­ting, surf­ing the web even in bed. It’s ru­in­ing our re­la­tion­ship – what can I do? VF, Nailsworth.

AGod, it’s an­noy­ing isn’t it? It’s like hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one at a party and you see their eyes search­ing the room over your shoul­der look­ing for some­one more in­ter­est­ing to talk to (at least, I as­sume that’s what it’s like – that’s ob­vi­ously never hap­pened me). Apart from ru­in­ing your re­la­tion­ship, he may be un­aware that his tech use is also rewiring his neu­ral path­ways and he’ll end up con­stantly dis­tracted and un­able to think deeply about any­thing. So sooner or later he’s go­ing to join Bob Kat­ter’s Australia Party. More im­por­tantly, peo­ple with short at­ten­tion spans who are con­stantly search­ing for new in­ter­ests and ex­cite­ment are un­likely to re­main faith­ful – not when there’s a more en­tic­ing prospect over the hori­zon. Ditch him be­fore he ditches you. I sug­gest send­ing him a text: “Srsly, U R get­tin an­noy­ing. U R a jrk. Thx 4 noth­ing…let’s Br8k up. LOL.” Send your ques­tions to saweek­[email protected] Touch the sto­ries that touch you. Get our ipad app in the itunes store. ade­laide­

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