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Stop phubbing! The 10 rules of smartphone etiquette – from the bathroom to your bed

By Paula Cocozza

27 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. "Phubbing," or snubbing someone in your company in order to engage with your phone, has been linked to less satisfaction in marriages, according to researchers in Turkey.

Paying too much attention to your phone is bad for your relationships. This may seem obvious, but it has taken a team of scientists to make us take notice. Phubbing – snubbing someone in your company in order to engage with your phone – has been in the news because researchers in Turkey have found that couples who reported more phubbing also reported less satisfaction in their marriages.

There has been a flurry of research into the impact of phubbing on relationships. Is this because, feeling the effects of myriad micro-ostracisms, we are finally ready to listen? As our phone usage threatens to tip from irksome to destructive, where should the lines of acceptable behaviour be drawn?

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