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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp

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Phubbing as a Possible Threat to Close Relationships’ Welfare 806

Kryukova T.L., Doctor of Psychology, Professor Department of General and Social Psychology, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia, tat.krukova44@gmail.com
Ekimchik O.A., PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor Department of General and Social Psychology, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia, olga-ekimchik@rambler.ru
Abstract
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.

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

Column: New mental health and communication disturbances in the information society

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2019270305

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.

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