Phubbing as a Possible Threat to Close Relationships’ Welfare



The paper focuses on a new phenomenon of modern digital society — phubbing, that is, the manifestation of partner neglect through distraction to a gadget during real communication. The analysis of foreign psychological approaches to its research has been carried out: phubbing is understood as dependence on a mobile phone / Smartphone and social networks; as a result of Internet addiction and problems with self-control; as a new social norm. We present the results of an empirical study of phubbing in close relationships (N=46). Hypothesis: intimacy and attachment to a romantic partner as close relationships` qualitative characteristics increase the sensitivity to a partner`s phubbing. Methods: Partner phubbing (Roberts, David, 2016; Ekimchik, Kryukova, 2019); Multi-Item Measure of Adult Romantic Attachment (Brennan, Shaver, 1995; Ekimchik, Kryukova, 2009); Inclusion of Other in the Self Scale (Aron, Aron, Smollan, 1992; Ekimchik, Kryukova, Zakharchenko, 2018). Results: men more often than women estimate the partners` phubbing negatively. It is found that adult romantic attachment characteristics predict the level of partners` phubbing.

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Keywords: phubbing, close relationships, changes, threat, stress

Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article


Acknowledgements. The study is financially supported of the by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project 18-013-01005). The authors are grateful to the students and undergraduates of Kostroma State University.

For citation: Kryukova T.L., Ekimchik O.A. Phubbing as a Possible Threat to Close Relationships’ Welfare. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2019. Vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 61–76. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2019270305. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Tatiana L. Kryukova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the Department of General and Social Psychology, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga A. Ekimchik, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor of the Department of General and Social Psychology, Kostroma State University, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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