Want to improve your relationship? There might be an app for that

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

These days having your smart phone could be like having a relationship coach right at your fingertips.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - Let's face it, relationships are not perfect, but what if your smart phone could help repair it?

These days having your smart phone could be like having a relationship coach right at your fingertips.

There are many apps out there aimed to help keep your relationship on track.

"I would recommend it," said Dr. Martha Alaniz, a psychologist with the San Antonio Behavioral and Counseling Center.

Dr. Alaniz says some of her clients use relationship apps.

"It's certainly not gonna save their marriage but it's going to go a long way to really helping maintain that relationship.”

Dr. Alaniz went on to say she recommends apps developed by John Gottman, emeritus professor of psychology at University of Washington and co-founder of the Gottman Relationship Institute.

"He spent the last thirty years of his life working on research for relationships."

There are 10 Gottman apps, including one on appreciation.

"And then you would just sent a message off to your partner, it gives you several hundred ideas of what to do."

So apps offer you an easier way to communicate when you really don't know how to say something.

However, with so many relationship apps out there how do you know which ones are good?

Dr. Aaron Delwiche, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University says, "many apps are free so why not just download it and try it out?"

Dr. Delwiche tested out the "Fix a Fight" app, and this particular app is $5.00.

"It takes about 30 to 60 minutes to go through the entire process," he went on to say.

The “Fix a Fight” app is very detailed and enables you and your partner to describe your issues and how you are feeling.

"For me, this doesn't seem like something that would help me, but I can tell the person who created it definitely put a lot of effort into it," added Dr. Delwiche.

Dr. Delwiche says if you're looking for an app, pay attention to its reviews and ratings.

But, at the end of the day, "there are certain issue certain things that we do as human beings that can't be solved with technology."

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