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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


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Phubbing as a Possible Threat to Close Relationships’ Welfare 1136

Kryukova T.L.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor Department of General and Social Psychology, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia

Ekimchik O.A.
PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor Department of General and Social Psychology, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia

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


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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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