Experts warn: Phone addiction will lead to rising divorce rates.
Three quarters of women admit to spending more time with their device than with their partner.
And two-thirds of men say they do the same, a survey shows.
The snub phenomenon known as phubbing even occurs on date nights, with one in six women admitting to having “interrupted intimacy” to read their notifications.
Almost half of people said they spend up to six hours a day on the phone, leaving little time for relationships.
Sarah McConomy, chief executive of phone company SellCell, said: “It’s shocking to see that people seem to prefer the company of their cell phone to their partner’s company.”
“Communication, listening and an emotional connection are essential for a relationship to thrive, but that’s not possible when you’re constantly on your cell phone.”
“Phubbing refers to the act of turning someone down in favor of a phone, which unfortunately is becoming a common occurrence in relationships.
“Frighteningly, almost one in five women has even admitted to interrupting intimacy to look at their phone.
“It’s only a matter of time before we see phone addiction and phubbing leading to relationship and marriage failure.”
“The research found that 54% of people in relationships admit they prefer the company of their smartphone to their partner’s company. An alarming number (46%) of people say they spend between 5 and 6 hours a day on the phone, leaving little time for relationships.”