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Depressing or useful? ‘Dating’ app encourages couples to communicate more (via their smartphones)

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There are plenty of ways to get together with someone via technology these days (and a growing number of products incorporating it into our sex lives), so it might seem like a natural step for someone to invent an app designed to help those already in a relationship get to know each other.

Happy Couple is a free app that springs five questions a day (from six different topics, such as Emotional and Responsibilities) on each partner about the other, much like the Mr & Mrs games played at hen parties.

The premise is that communication is key and by having to spend a few minutes every day answering questions on your other half, regular interaction is forced as you discuss the ones you got right and wrong.

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What were the other possible answers? “I am not happy for him, I hate him and his stupid job”

While it might seem redundant to be encouraging communication via yet another app on a device invented for communication, Happy Couple claims to help you “discover what your partner really thinks.”

Though not by actually talking to them in person. According to glamour.com, the quiz-style game includes questions such as “What are so-and-so's feelings about monogamy?” which is something you might hope you'd know the answer to already if you're in a relationship with that person.

Like some other couple apps, it also offers daily tips and activity suggestions.

Arguably, most of the benefits – a simple icebreaker for new couples, better understanding in longer relationships, regular communication, the broaching of difficult subjects – could be achieved by the old-fashioned method of talking to your partner.

And there's plenty to commend staying off your devices for a bit, not least this photo series pointing out how pervasive they are by removing them from everyday scenes.

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“Stop looking at me in real life, John, we’re supposed to be connecting on a deeper level here”

As something promoting itself as a way to “stay connected”, we’d also question the point of the messaging tool for you to talk about each other's answers, rather than using them as a springboard for a real-life chat, but the testimonials from couples on the website seem to agree that it promotes “interaction”, albeit not interaction in person.

So, a damning comment on the state of the human race or a logical step reflecting the growing significance of our smartphones? Cast your vote…

Images: Happy Couple / iStock


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