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‘Phubbing’ Has Negative Impact To Your Romantic Relationship, Study Says

“Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness – our relationships with our romantic partners.”

It’s something most of us, at some point, may have been guilty of. You know, pulling your phone out to entertain yourself when things get a bit boring – even while you are with other people.

In some instances, you may have even done that in the presence of your significant other. He or she probably wouldn’t mind, right? And you’re just checking for new messages anyway, right?

Well according to experts, “pphubbing” or “partner phone snubbing” is actually a terrible practice and can lead to negative consequences.

Baylor University researchers said “pphubbing” can hurt romantic relationships and lead to depression.

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Published in Computers in Human Behavior journal, the study entitled “My life has become a major distraction from my cell phone: Partner phubbing and relationship satisfaction among romantic partners” gives us interesting insights about how mobile devices affect people’s relationships – and even their mental well-being.

The researchers conducted two separate surveys with 453 adult participants to determine how “pphubbing” affects the quality of their relationships.

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James A. Roberts, Ph.D, one of the study’s co-authors, said:

“What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction.

“These lower levels of relationship satisfaction, in turn, led to lower levels of life satisfaction and, ultimately, higher levels of depression.”

As one of the survey results tell us:

  1. 46.3 percent of the respondents reported being phubbed by their partner
  2. 22.6 percent said this phubbing caused conflict in their relationships
  3. 36.6 percent reported feeling depressed at least some of the time
Only 32% of the survey respondents claimed they were satisfied with their relationships.

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Meredith David, Ph.D., said:

“In everyday interactions with significant others, people often assume that momentary distractions by their cell phones are not a big deal.

“However, our findings suggest that the more often a couple’s time spent together is interrupted by one individual attending to his/her cellphone, the less likely it is that the other individual is satisfied in the overall relationship.

“Specifically, momentary distractions by one’s cellphone during time spent with a significant other likely lowers the significant other’s satisfaction with their relationship, and could lead to enhanced feelings of depression and lower well-being of that individual. Thus, when spending time with one’s significant other, we encourage individuals to be cognizant of the interruptions caused by their cellphones, as these may well be harmful to their relationship.”

“When you think about the results, they are astounding,” added Roberts. “Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness – our relationships with our romantic partners.”

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Artist Creates Satirical Illustrations to Answer What’s Wrong in Today’s Society

These illustrations are downright brutal and honest.

For the common people, art is all about pleasing one’s eyes. But to those who have pledged their selves to it, art is all about the transfer of ideas and thoughts. For decades, Australian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer has been creating satirical illustrations that highlight reasons why today’s society is far from being perfect.

In fact, Haderer had faced the court thanks to one of his books titled, “The Life of Jesus.” It basically triggered violent reactions in Europe, particularly from the Catholic Church. The story surfaced sometime in 2005 when he was convicted in Greece for badmouthing the country’s religious community. He eventually received a six-month suspended sentence in absentia. A couple of months later, the initial verdict was corrected via an appeal resulting to Haderer’s acquittal.

Meet Gerhard Haderer, an artist known for creating satirical illustrations.

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He developed his realistic style when working as a graphic designer and illustrator for various advertising agencies. But it was not until a cancer operation sometime in 1985 when Haderer abandoned his commercial success and resorted to freelance works as a caricaturist and satirical illustrator. ...

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Artist Draws Massive Illustration Showing How Truly Deep the Ocean Is

It is interesting and terrifying at the same time.

It holds true that the Earth’s surface is 70 percent water, but people do not have any idea how truly deep and mysterious it is. In a recent report from National Ocean Service, around 95 percent of the world’s ocean remains unexplored. Humanity simply has no clue what lies beneath the surface.

Apparently, Randall Munroe of xkcd decided to create a comic titled “Lakes and Ocean.” He drew inspiration from the aforementioned mystery in hopes to give people a better understanding. It is combined with both facts and humorous details, as he wants to show how shallow our knowledge of the waters is.

This illustration by Randall Munroe only proves how shallow our knowledge about waters is.

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The illustration features the Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in 1975 in water shallower than its length. The ship was over 200m long while it was recovered at the depth of 160m. The illustration also shows elements of the popular RMS Titanic, Burj Khalifa, and even stick figures of the late David Bowie and Freddy Mercury. It is a witty reference to their song titled, “Under Pressure.”...

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40 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About The Amish

There are still a lot of things to know about these “simple people.”

The Amish have been living in America for a very long time. Yet, many Americans still don’t know a lot of things about these “simple people.” What’s certain, though, is that the Amish’s way of living continues to fascinate those who are outside of their community.

That’s because the Amish shun the use of technology and refuse to be influenced by all things modern. That’s not the only interesting thing about this community. Here are 40 facts you didn’t know about the Amish that might surprise you.

#1. The Amish beginnings

The Amish heritage can be traced back to 16th century Switzerland. They are a group of Christians, who was later on known as Anabaptists, that came up with their own belief systems. Years later, the people moved to the U.S. and the rest is history....

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