3 Apps to Help Solve Relationship Problems

Since the introduction of the first iPhone just seven short years ago, the mobile application market has blown up. At the end of 2012, an estimated 1.2 billion people around the world were using apps, and by the end of 2017, Portio Research estimates that 4.4 billion mobile phone customers will be downloading and using mobile apps.

We use them for entertainment and to stay organized, to earn money, to help us stay in shape, and even to meet people. For many of us, mobile apps have become a part of our daily lives, our routines, and maybe even our personal lives.

Have you ever met someone on a dating application? More than 41 million people in the United States have tried online dating, and many of them use dating apps. Even if you’ve never actually used a designated dating application, have you ever met someone new or gotten back in touch with an old friend on a social media application — Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere? Have you ever used an app to solve an argument or disagreement with a friend or significant other?

Odds are, if you’re an app user, mobile apps have impacted your personal relationships to some degree. Here are a few apps that can help improve your relationships.

Source: Apple App Store

My Marriage Coach

Research from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists indicates the overall success rate of marriage counseling is incredibly high, with as many as 97 percent of couples reporting that they received the help they needed from counseling.

Although couples counseling may be effective, it’s also expensive. Healthcare Bluebook reports the fair market cost of a family therapy session at $168, and a 45-minute individual session costs around $150.

Apps like Couples Coach and My Marriage Counselor provide couples with counseling literature and resources right from a smartphone. These types of apps can serve as inexpensive or even free assistance to those couples who cannot afford to visit a therapist every week. The My Marriage Coach application is run by Dr. Jackie Black.

Black said, “I developed the My Marriage Coach app to bring information and resources to men and women who might not otherwise know that Marriage Coaching even existed, and to bring free resources to men and women who can not afford to hire and work regularly with a Marriage Coach.”

Couples can take advantage of several resources the app has to offer, like dozens of short articles, podcast interviews with relationship experts, short video clips, and self-assessments, Black explains: “The biggest benefit is the sheer amount of solid information that is made available for free; and secondarily, the opportunity to read, hear, and learn that help is available and people can make positive changes.”

Source: Apple App Store

Wunderlist

“Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere,” reads the app description on iTunes.

This app received 4.5 out of 5 stars from 191 reviewers on iTunes. It’s free to download, but the pro versions come along with added costs. For couples or roommates who have disagreements about completing household chores or grocery shopping, this app can certainly help.

Source: Apple App Store

Fix a Fight

This is the only app on this list that’s not free to download. It comes with a $4.99 price tag, but those who have tried it have mostly positive things to say about it. According to the app’s description, “The price is a steal for all this app provides.” The app has 4 out of 5 stars from 9 reviewers.

Like the couples counseling and marriage coaching applications, this app also acts as a sort of therapy. However, this app is a bit more cartoonish in its design. This app also takes a more situational approach, in which couples work through fights on their own by identifying their feelings, understanding their partner’s feelings, owning their part, and identifying what they could have done differently. This app does appear to have real potential in the fight-fixing department, but this potential, of course, depends on the individual couple.

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