Can iCloud really hurt or ruin your relationships?
Since the arrival of iCloud in October 2011, it’s users have ballooned to 320 million as of July 2013, and with that a new question of how technology affects our lives. Most people have strong opinions, especially about the effect on our relationships. It has been said time and again: It is not the technology; it’s the people who use it.
We have to admit that iCloud is a useful technological invention, but what is iCloud? To put it simply, iCloud is a service that keeps all your devices in sync. In other words, you can share information between an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and a computer. The information on each device is automatically updated to make sure the most current information is available on all devices. The service is free, operates wirelessly, and runs in the background, with no special action required by the user.
For example, you may be out with friends and take some photos on your IPhone. Those photo are automatically available on any device you have connected to iCloud. There is no need to manually trnasfer photos from your iPhone to your computer. The photos are automatically available on your computer.
As with most things, it is not this technological advance that is causing the problems– it is the people who misunderstand it. Yes, there is increased access to first loves, crushes, old flames and new, attractive people too. But, iCloud only provides the means by which we can remember. But it can also unwittingly be used in a manner that leads to breakup or divorce court.
It’s just like Facebook: Facebook Doesn’t Ruin Relationships, People Do.
The question being raised right now is what kind of Pandora’s Box has iCloud wrought?
Has it opened up to the world a means of communication with others that breeds affairs, flirting, jealousy, conflict and eventual breakups?
Although times have changed and technology has evolved in incredible ways, the key to successful and healthly relationships will always be rooted and nurtured in treating your partner, spouse or significant other as an adult.
So what happened to Gwen Stefani? It turns out her divorce from rocker Gavin Rossdale involved a lot more technology than you’d expect. The couple, who divorced this year after 13 years of marriage, ran into a mixup involving an iphone, the family iPad, and iCloud that inadvertantly ended up revealing Rossdale’s years-long affair with the nanny. Shoot on your phone and iCloud syncs with everything else – automatically.
According to media reports:
Back in February, Stefani, 46, uncovered Rossdale’s long-term affair with Mann, who cared for the couple’s three sons, Kingston, 9, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 20 months. At the time, the No Doubt frontwoman discovered explicit texts between Rossdale and the nanny — including nude photos of Mann and their plans to meet up for sex — on the family’s iPad.
“The iPad was linked to Gavin’s phone,” a family source tells Us. “One of the other nannies discovered the exchange and told Gwen.”
Now if you’re in a happy, healthy relationship, there are some rules that need following to ensure it stays that way.
The bottom line when it comes to technology – safer is better. Therefore, the number one thing to keep in mind when it comes to iCloud? Don’t auto sync. Especially if you have some things that you would rather keep to yourself.