Science Says Pphubbing Could Be Harmful

October 04, 2015Oct 04, 2015

Is Pphubbing affecting your life? Do you feel like you are being constantly pphubbed?

Don't worry if you haven't heard of one of the English language's newest and especially ridiculous-sounding portmanteaus. According to Time, a new Baylor University study defines phubbing as "partner phone snubbing."

In fact, you could be doing it right now. Look up. Look left. Look right. Do you see your significant other glaring at you at this moment? Did words just come out of their mouth, but you can't recall a single one of them? If so, you have just pphubbed them. And researchers think it might be time to stop.


Study co-author James Roberts says that “What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction. These lower levels of relationship satisfaction, in turn, led to lower levels of life satisfaction and, ultimately, higher levels of depression.”

This is not the first research into this 21st century epidemic. A study published last year in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture journal refers to it as as "Technoference."

But Pphubbing is so much more fun to say.

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