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(NEWSER) – Cellphones may offer the ultimate communication convenience, but they could also be sabotaging our romantic relationships—via users who "phub" (phone snub) their partners, a new study finds.

The study in the January 2016 issue of Computers in Human Behavior found that 46% of respondents reported feeling phubbed by their mates—meaning that, when together, the mate was distracted by his or her phone. The Chicago Tribune reports 23% said phubbing caused conflict, while 37% reported feeling depressed some of the time. Just 32% of phubbing-prone subjects said they were very satisfied with their relationship. "The results ... are astounding," study co-author James Roberts says in aBaylor University press release.

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