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Factors Related to Phone Snubbing Behavior in Emerging Adults: The Phubbing Phenomenon

Factors Related to Phone Snubbing Behavior in Emerging Adults: The Phubbing Phenomenon
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Author(s): Martina Benvenuti (Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy), Agata Błachnio (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland), Aneta Małgorzata Przepiorka (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland), Vesela Miroslavova Daskalova (University of Bologna, Italy) and Elvis Mazzoni (University of Bologna, Italy)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: The Psychology and Dynamics Behind Social Media Interactions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Malinda Desjarlais (Mount Royal University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9412-3.ch007

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Abstract

Smartphones are a fundamental part of emerging adults' life. The aim of this chapter is to determine which factors play a role in “phubbing” during emerging adulthood as well as to propose and test a model of this phenomenon. We tested a model of relations between phubbing, self-esteem, self-control, well-being, and internet addiction. The following measures were used: the Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale, the Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS), the Flourishing Scale, the Internet Addiction Scale, and the Phubbing Scale. The participants in the online study were 640 Italian emerging adults (526 females and 114 males), ranging in age from 18 to 29 (M = 21.7, SD = 2.18). The results showed that the model was well fitted, particularly in postulating that a decrease in the level of self-control is related to an increase in Internet addiction, that an increase in Internet addiction increases the probability of phubbing behavior, and that the level of self-esteem and well-being do not affect Internet addiction. Gender differences, in favor of males, occurred only in self-esteem.

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