According to a study led by Baylor University, being distracted by cell phone while you are with your significant other can either throw your SO into a deep pit of depression or severely damage your relationship or both.
Dr. James A. Roberts, the co-author of the study, explained that ‘phubbing’ can lead to lower levels of satisfaction with the relationship and life. Phubbing also known as ‘partner phone snubbing’ means using your cell phone or being distracted by it while in the company of your significant other.
Study authors cautioned that for many of us life has become a ‘major distraction’ from our tech devices and especially smartphones. And, phubbing can really ruin romantic relationships.
The Baylor University study involved 453 participants who were in a committed relationship. The findings revealed that every time a romantic partner sensed that he or she was being ‘phubbed’ by their loved ones they experienced lower levels of satisfaction with the relationship.
Moreover, more vulnerable partners such as those with an anxious attachment style were more prone to become depressed over their partner’s phubbing. Anxious attachment means that a person demands high levels of intimacy and responsiveness from their significant others in order to feel safe.
Baylor researchers conducted two separate surveys. In the first survey, they wanted to know whether participants could identify snubbing when it happened. About 300 people were asked to tell which of nine types of behaviors could be viewed as phubbing.
Respondents said that they felt they were phone snubbed whenever their significant other glanced at his or her phone while talking to them, kept the device in sight to see an incoming call or message, or kept the cellphone in their hands while experiencing intimacy.
Study authors underscored that phubbing is an entirely different behavior from phone addiction, phone conflicts, or partner attitude towards mobile phones.
In the second survey, the team assessed the levels of phubbing among romantic relationships. The findings were based on self-reports of the partners who were phubbed.
The second survey revealed that 46.3 percent of study participants said that they were phubbed by their partner at least once in their life; 22.6 percent reported that partner phone snubbing led to conflicts; 36.6 percent said that they entered a depressive mood at least once because of phubbing.
Study investigators said that in our everyday lives phubbing may not seem a big deal, but for our partners it often is.
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