It seems like there's a new dating trend every week we have to worry about. There was love bombing, there was cushioning, and now, there's "phubbing." (Yes, that's the correct spelling.)
So what exactly is "phubbing?" According to EliteDaily, it's a mashup of the words "phone" and "snubbing." It basically boils down to being on your phone instead of paying attention to the person you're hanging out with IRL. Apparently, when you're phubbing a romantic partner, you add another P onto the word, making it "pphubbing." It is unclear why.
"Pphubbing" is obviously a very funny (and hard to pronounce) word, but apparently it can actually cause serious rifts in a relationship. A 2015 study from Baylor University found that spending too much time on your phone can lead to lower levels of satisfaction in a relationship and in life.
"What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner Pphubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction," the study's co-author James A. Roberts Ph.D. explained. "These lower levels of relationship satisfaction, in turn, led to lower levels of life satisfaction and, ultimately, higher levels of depression."
Guys, I know we all love sending our friends cute dog videos, but are they really worth putting your significant other at risk for depression?
The study, which observed over 400 adults, also found that the degree to which people are affected by pphubbing depends on their attachment styles. Unsurprisingly, people with anxious attachment styles (meaning they're less secure in their relationships) were more likely to be negatively affected by their partner staring at their phone instead of gazing into their eyes.
Ah, but who among us has not been caught up in the soothing glow of our iPhone7? It happens. Just make sure to share those cute dog vids with bae next time, okay?