Apps and smartphones have completely changed the way we live our lives. We rely on them to help us get from A to B, plan our meals, stay in touch with friends, compare prices, and entertain us on our long morning commute.
There are even some apps which are designed to help strengthen relationships and bring couples closer together.
These apps help couples arrange dates, spice things up in the bedroom, connect and even help them cope with becoming parents:
For new couples
Duet for iPhone helps shy smartphone users ask out a new love interest. Users can create a ‘duet’ in the app and send personal one-to-one invites, which the potential date can accept or decline. If the other person doesn’t have the app, they receive the invite as a text message.
For student couples
The CoupleConnection, alongside YouthNet and The Student Room, have launched an online tool for student couples to help them deal with the common issues that occur in young relationships. Try the student relationship tool for free today.
For long-distance couples
Feel Me is an app that lets couples physically interact through the smartphone screen. When one partner touches the screen, the app shows you where they’re touching his or her phone. When both touch the same spot, the area will light up and begin to vibrate.
For social network addicts
While you and your partner may feel there’s nothing wrong with constant declarations of love on Facebook and posting hundreds of #selfies of the two of you cuddling on the couch – your friends are probably getting sick and tired of it! Try a private social network for two such as Couple. It has all the benefits of Facebook, except it’s just for the two of you. How romantic!
For very private couples
If the private social network mentioned above is still not private enough for you and your partner, try Snapchat. Any pictures or messages you send to each other will self destruct after a few seconds.
For couples that want to share their feelings
Tokii features a MoodMeter that lets couples tell each other how they’re feeling and how their other half makes them feel – a great way for sharing your appreciation with one another.
For playful couples
The Gottman Institute – a US-based scientific institute dedicated to couple support – has created the Fun and Play app which helps couples discover new and exciting things to do together.
For couples looking to spice things up in the bedroom
Kindu lets couples explore and share their fantasies with each other and come up with new ideas for things to try in the bedroom. The app suggests new ways a couple can explore their sexuality. Each partner rates the suggestion as either ‘definitely’, ‘no thanks’ or ‘open to discussion’. The app cross-matches the responses and lists the ideas you both would most like to try.
For price-conscious brides to be
The cost of marriage is enough to make your head spin. To keep a handle of your finances while planning the big day, try a free app like Conde Nast’s Brides Wedding Planner. On top of helping users find ideal honeymoon locations, dresses and providing them with lots of inspirational imagery, there’s a budget planner which gives a clear view of how much the wedding will cost.
For new parents
The CoupleConnection, alongside Dad.info, Netmums and Contact A Family, has launched a new online tool to help parents deal with relationship issues. The tool provides videos, infographics and articles which will help strengthen your couple relationship.