Your cell phone is ruining your chances at having a happy relationship, according to science.
A new study from Baylor University shows that couples who snub each other by prioritizing their phones over one another are much more likely to be unhappy both with their love lives and themselves. Researchers call the act of ignoring your partner while using your phone in front of them “Pphubbing,” or “partner phone snubbing,” and its effects on our psyches prove to be damaging.
The study found:
• 46.3 percent of the respondents reported being phubbed by their partner
• 22.6 percent said this pphubbing caused conflict in their relationships
• 36.6 percent reported feeling depressed at least some of the time
Overall, only 32 percent of respondents stated that they were very satisfied with their relationship, the study shows.
Honestly, it’s surprising that only 46.3 percent of the participants responded that their partners frequently choose their phone over them. Every couple seems to grapple with this issue on a continual basis, and it’s often a point of contention within the relationship. We’ve all seen it: he compulsively checks his Fantasy Football stats while she is snapping and uploading photos to Instagram, all while the two are talking past one another. Nevertheless, if we accept the seemingly lowball figure, it’s still disconcerting that almost half of the couples in the study are being pphubbed by their partners and that only 32 percent of these couples are “very satisfied” with their relationships.