Why phubbing is toxic for your relationship: Understanding the role of smartphone jealousy among "Generation Y" users

Krasnova, Hanna; Abramova, Olga; Notter, Isabelle; Baumann, Annika (15 June 2016). Why phubbing is toxic for your relationship: Understanding the role of smartphone jealousy among "Generation Y" users (Unpublished). In: 24th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Istanbul, Türkei. 12.-15.06.2016.

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Coined as “phubbing”, excessive use of smartphones in the romantic context has been shown to represent a barrier to meaningful communication, causing conflict, lowering relationship satisfaction, and undermining individual well-being. While these findings project a dire picture of the future of romance, the mechanisms behind the detrimental influence of partner phubbing on relationship-relevant markers are still little understood. Considering prior evidence that partner phubbing leads to the loss of exclusive attention towards the other party, we argue that these are rather the feelings of jealousy partner phubbing is triggering that are responsible for the negative relational outcomes. Based on the analysis of qualitative and quantitative responses from “generation Y” users, we find that partner phubbing is associated with heightened feelings of jealousy, which is inversely related to couple’s relational cohesion. Moreover, jealousy plays a mediating role in the relationship between partner’s smartphone use and relational cohesion, acting as a mechanism behind this undesirable link. Challenging the frequently promoted euphoria with regard to permanent “connectedness”, our study contributes to a growing body of IS research that addresses dark sides of information technology use and provides corresponding implications for IS practitioners.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Krasnova, Hanna and Notter, Isabelle

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Notter

Date Deposited:

26 Aug 2016 07:53

Last Modified:

26 Aug 2016 07:53

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Smartphones, Social Media, Phubbing, Relational Cohesion, Jealousy

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/85601

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