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Why ‘Phubbing’ Could Be Destroying Your Relationship

Yes, you have to capture the perfect ‘Gram and yes, you need to constantly refresh your notifications to check that it’s tracking well. But scientists are warning us to put down the phone.

New research has found that our everyday addiction might be wreaking havoc on our relationships.

‘Phubbing’ – the habit of snubbing someone mid conversation to use your phone – is getting worse and worse.

The study, out of Baylor University in Texas, found that ‘phubbing’ is occurring in 46 per cent of relationships, as we check our phones up to 150 times a day.

Researchers also found that 22 per cent of ‘phubbing’ directly resulted in arguments.

“The presence and use of cell phones is ever-increasing causing the boundaries that separate our work and other interests from our romantic relationships to become more and more blurred,” say Dr James Roberts and Dr Meredith David.

“As a result, the occurrence of ‘phubbing’ is nearly inevitable. In fact, from a sample of 143 individuals involved in romantic relationships, seventy per cent responded that cell phones ‘sometimes,’ ‘often,’ ‘very often,’ or ‘all the time’ interfered in their interactions with their partners.”

So if you’re sitting there scrolling your phone to avoid the tension in your relationship, the answer to your problem might be just be in front of you.

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