STATES CHRONICLE – A recent study has helped scientists conclude that spending too much time on your phone can be extremely harmful for your social life. The new experiment explains the many ways in which ‘phubbing’ can ruin a relationship.
‘Phubbing’ has been defined as some people’s tendency to spend too much time on their smartphones, whether it is an action that they do intentionally or unintentionally. Apparently, there are many ways in which ‘phubbing’ can ruin a person’s relationship as there are many phone-related activities that annoy partners.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University to Texas with the participation of 453 U.S. residents. Respondents took part in two surveys in which they were supposed to explain how ‘phubbing’ affects them and their relationships.
Doctor James A. Roberts has stated that most collected answers indicated respondents were annoyed when their partners ‘phubbed’ them. These activities triggered increased levels of dissatisfaction among partners, which culminated with frequent conflicts.
The study has also helped identify some of the most annoying ‘phubbing’ activities that partners make. Respondents have stated that they feel offended when their spouses place their phones at sight so they can always look at their screens and appear not to. Conflicts may also appear when partners play with their phones, while in a conversation with the consort.
In spite of the negative implications that ‘phubbing’ can have on relationships, reports indicate that 46.3 percent respondents have been phubbed by their partners. In 22.6 percent of the causes, the activity has led to a conflict, whereas 36.6 percent respondents confessed they felt depressed after intense ‘phubbing’.
Whether it is there are depressed or annoyed, ‘phubbing’ has been labeled by all respondents as a potential destroyer of relationships. More specifically, 32 percent participants told investigators that ‘phubbing’ made them feel very little satisfied with their relationship.
Researchers think the study is a strong piece of evidence indicating that most partners get irritated when their spouses neglect them to play on their phones. This, in spite of the general belief that phones are not harmful to social relationships.
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