Phubbing: How Cell Phones Cause Relationship Problems

Phubbing is the newest phenomena of the cell phone culture and it refers to the bad habit of checking your cell phone when you’re supposed to be fully present to your significant other. A new study says this could be hazardous to your relationship!

The study, which involved 450 people, was conducted by researchers at Baylor University and found that almost half (46 percent) said they were “phubbed” by their partner with 22 percent saying their relationship suffered as a result.

“Phubbing is a portmanteau of the words ‘phone’ and ‘snubbing’ and occurs when your conversation with someone is interrupted by him or her attending to a cellphone or when you are in the presence of another but he uses his cell phone instead of communicating with you,” researchers explain.

Partner phubbing, known as Pphubbing, is the extent to which this behavior occurs between significant others.

“The presence and use of cell…

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Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to two historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, "Lord Teach Us to Pray," published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her book, "The Kinsey Corruption," which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press. Susan also published "The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age?" with Simon Peter Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, "We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl," published by Liguori Publications. Her most recent publication, which she co-authored with Johnnette Benkovic, is the "Young Women of Grace Study Program" which teaches girls ages 13-17 about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.