A new UCLA survey finds that one in four people say their spouse or partner is "digitally distracted."

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Rutgers sociologist Deborah Carr said people do that constant "tap tap" thing on their smart phone or tablet for either their job or for recreation.

"If they're continually looking away and playing games and doing email, that suggests that there's something else out there that's more important and more immediate than your needs," Carr said.

The researchers at UCLA say part of the attraction is the fact that instead of holding one person's attention face to face, those who frequent Facebook or other social media websites can garner social support from a much larger audience.

"I hope no one ever actually divorces over Angry Birds," she said.