School of Communication and the Arts
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)
phubbing, relationship satisfaction, interpersonal communication, expectancy violation theory, cell phone, smartphone, interaction adaption theory
Ligon-Tucker, Stephanie Elease, "Together Alone: The Effects of Phubbing in a Romantic Partnership" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4639.
Partner phubbing has been defined as an individual distracted by their phone or someone who would rather be on their phone than interact with the people in front of them. In most romantic partnerships, phubbing is directly connected to relationship satisfaction and can be linked to how frequently phubbing occurs in the union. Several research studies provide qualitative data on how phubbing negatively influences romantic relationships. 97% of the population admit that phubbing has lowered the connection quality with their partner. Phubbing can lead to jealousy, declining mental health, partner surveillance, conflict, separation, reciprocal phubbing, and adaptation. This research aims to discover how phubbing affects relationship satisfaction, whether the expectations of interpersonal communication contribute to the adverse effects of being phubbed, and how the interaction adaption contributes to or affects relationship satisfaction.