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date: 22 January 2019

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As mobile technology has become ubiquitous in modern culture, researchers have begun to examine the effects of technology use on couple and family relationships. Researchers have coined the terms “techoference” and “phubbing” to refer to the everyday interruptions in interactions that occur due to attention to or use of technology. Overall, the sum of this research paints a consistent and rather grim picture—use of technology among couples and parents has the potential to create disruptions in interactions that can spur negative feelings (e.g., sadness, rejection, anger) and/or behaviors (e.g., conflict, disengagement, acting out) in both romantic partners and children. Conflicts related to technology interference among romantic partners are related, in turn, to lower levels of relationship satisfaction and co-parenting quality. Thus, despite positive views of technology as a social tool, empirical evidence worldwide suggests that technoference has the potential to negatively impact our most important social relationships.

Keywords: technoference, phubbing, technology use, couples, parents, families

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