Pphubbing Can Hurt Relationships! Are You Guilty of It? Do You Even Know What It Is? Find Out! by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Pphubbing refers to when people use or are distracted by cellphones while with romantic partners, and it could mean trouble, according to Dr. James A. Roberts, professor at Baylor University.
Dr. Roberts and Dr. Meredith David conducted two surveys of more than 450 adults to learn the effects of pphubbing. They learned "when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction,” which "led to lower levels of life satisfaction and ... higher levels of depression."
“When you think about the results, they are astounding,” Dr. Roberts said. “Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness – our relationships with our romantic partners.”
So if you're out with a loved one, it may be time to put the phone away!