This project investigates the phenomenon ‘phubbing’ through smartphone use and its effects on interpersonal communication in romantic relationships. Relying on couples in the ages between 20 to 27. The paper's purpose is to examine whether smartphones have an excluding and problematic factor on the interpersonal communication in romantic relationships, and in which way it affects the interpersonal dialogue. For the primary theoretical basis of our analysis Relational Dialectics Theory by Leslie A. Baxter and Barbara M. Montgomery have been chosen to enlighten the interplay and interpersonal communication in romantic relationships. Furthermore, Mikhail Bakhtin's theory regarding dialogue will be introduced, as Baxter and Montgomery's RDT arises from Bakhtin's dialogue theory. This project will examine the phenomenon and discourses with support from secondary data, direct observation notes and a focus group interview as quantitative and qualitative empirical data. The discourses and social interactions that have been illuminated in this paper concludes that phubbing as a phenomenon have an excluding and distracting impact on the interpersonal communication in romantic relationships. Ultimately, this distraction means it becomes difficult or even impossible to participate in the dialogue in a contributing way. Furthermore, it is concluded that the technological possibilities smartphones bring can influence the physical, mental and intimate aspects of a romantic relationship.
|Uddannelser||Kommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||26 maj 2019|
|Vejledere||Søren Stig Lommer|