Phubbing, also known as phone snubbing, is the cause of many relationship demises.
The Daily Mail reports that 70 percent say phubbing hurts their ability to interact with their partner. Smartphones are relationship downers, up there with kids, sex, and money.
Smartphones are one of the relationship killers of the globe it turns out, and CNN reports that the majority of relationships in the country are in trouble. The divorce rate for the country currently sits at 40 percent, but that is not the full story. There are intact relationships in the U.S. that are almost on the brink of divorce too.
60 Percent are Not Satisfied
During a National Opinion Research Center poll, 60 percent of participants stated that they are in a relationship, but not very pleased. The culprits for their distaste include sex, having kids, and money problems. The biggest problem?
Researchers wanted to look and see how detrimental the smartphone is to relationships. They looked at the phenomenon of phubbing, which is phone and snubbing put together.
They assessed how often a partner is distracted by their phone in their partner’s presence.
More People Rely on Smartphones
Today, people interact with their smartphones now more than they ever have before, which is one of the reasons there are more “phubbing” instances in the country.
It is estimated that the average American checks their phone about 150 times per day or once every 6.5 minutes. With that much viewing, it is no wonder that phubbing has become a problem for relationships in the country.
In one study, 70 percent said that phubbing harmed their relationship, and phubbing limited the interactions they had with their partner.
About the New Phubbing Research
The researchers conducted a survey of 175 adults in relationships in the United States. The participants then completed a questionnaire consistent of nine partner phubbing scales that measured how often someone was phubbed by his or her spouse.
Some of the sample questions included if their partner places their smartphone where they can see it while spending time with them.
Participants also reported how often the smartphone conflicted with their relationship.
Some completed a scale that measured how satisfied they were in their current relationship, their lives, and if they were depressed.
Smartphones were real relationship killers according to researchers conducting the survey. People that reported to be at the end of the phubbing sessions reported higher levels of conflict than those who received less phubbing.
What amazed researchers is how something so innocent can be so detrimental to relationships in the country. The phubbing can create a domino effect, which then makes a person less happy, unsatisfied, and more depressed. After all, when someone is in love, they tend to be happier.
Researchers have a few ideas for why phubbing is becoming a problem. They say that couples do not realize the phone is a source of conflict, but that phone eventually leads to fights between the couple.