Lead data journalist

Distractions like work, television and social media are putting a strain on many relationships

New YouGov Omnibus data shows that one in five (20%) people in relationships think their partner doesn’t pay them enough attention, with women more likely (24%) to feel this way than men (15%).

Social media is the number one distraction, with 28% of those who feel neglected saying their loved one checks their phone instead of spending quality time with them.

Men especially were more likely to complain about this, with 34% complaining about social media sucking up their partner’s attention compared to just 25% of women.

Men were also more likely (21%) to complain about the amount of time their partner spent with friends and family, compared to 13% of women.

For their part, women were more likely than men to say that their partner was too distracted by sport (16%, versus 3% of men), video games (15% versus 4%) and their hobbies (21% versus 13%).

A quarter of Britons (26%) feel that their partner is putting their job ahead of their relationship – the second most common complaint – while 19% blamed TV for feeling a lack of attention.

Photo: Getty

See the full results here

Fast, rich, reliable opinion

Contact us now to reach national or bespoke groups in the UK or abroad with results delivered as soon as the very next day.
+44 (0)20 7012 6231
Related Content