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Smartphones can harm your relationships
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Smartphones can harm your relationships

In the Bank of America survey, 35% of Americans said when they rise and shine, the first thing they reach for is their smartphone. Just 10% of Americans said the same thing about their significant others, with coffee at 17% and a toothbrush at 13%.

James Roberts, author of "Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?" and a marketing professor at Baylor University, says research he conducted with Baylor colleague Meredith David found that "partner phubbing" or phone snubbing -- paying more attention to your smartphone than your romantic partner -- leads to more conflict and less satisfaction in those relationships. In turn, that leads to reduced satisfaction in your overall life, Roberts says, and even can trigger depression in the "phubbed" partner.

Smartphones can get in the way of intimacy, too. In a July 2015 survey for Motorola, 29% of Americans indicated they'd be more willing to forgo sex for a weekend than to give up a smartphone.

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