Most of us are plugged into our smartphones for a decent part of our waking hours -- it’s just how we navigate the world these days. But a new study suggests that locking eyes with your phone instead of bae can correspond to lower levels of relationship and life satisfaction.
The study, done by researchers at Baylor University, coins the term “Pphubbing,” or “partner phone snubbing.” The word refers to the tendency to scroll through Instagram or check Facebook while you’re sharing IRL facetime with the person you’re dating.
"Results suggest that Pphubbing's impact on relationship satisfaction is mediated by conflict over cell phone use,” reads the study’s abstract. "One's attachment style was found to moderate the Pphubbing – cell phone conflict relationship. Those with anxious attachment styles reported higher levels of cell phone conflict than those with less anxious attachment styles. Importantly, Pphubbing was found to indirectly impact depression through relationship satisfaction and ultimately life satisfaction."
“When someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction,” added the paper’s co-author James Roberts.
Of course, these relationships could just be bad ones to begin with, phone or no phone. If your phone is consistently more interesting than your partner, or if your partner seems more into their phone than you, maybe it’s time to move on and find someone new.