Subject: A phubbing phenomenon - its predictors and consequences in a cross-cultural perspective

The subject matter of the present project is linked to a current social phenomenon of interest to social media psychology. The analyses are focused on phubbing, a new phenomenon defined as looking at the smartphone during a conversation with another person. The aim of the project is twofold. Firstly, it is to determine the role of country indices and personal characteristics in phubbing. Secondly, it is to verify the prevalence of phubbing in different countries.

This study was funded by a grant from the National Center of Science No.

We have just started collecting data in:

Poland Agata Błachnio PhD with habilitation and Aneta Przepiórka PhD, The Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Israel prof. Menachem Ben-Ezra, Ariel University, Israel

France Angélique Gozlan, PhD, and Tamara Guenoun, PhD, Université Lyon 2, France

Italy prof. Elvis Mazzoni and Martina Benvenuti, PhD,  University of Bologna, Italy

Taiwan prof. Shao-I Chiu, Taipei College of Maritime Technology, Taiwan

India, prof. Sanjeev Davey, Muzaffarnagar Medical College, India

Belgium Eline Frison, PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium

Brazil prof. Alan Angeluci, City University of São Caetano do Su, Brasil

the Netherlands Mariek Vandenabeele, PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium and University of Tilburg, the Netherlands

Turkey Emre Durak, PhD and Mithat Durak, PhD, Abant İzzet Baysal University, Turkey

Romania Camelia Popa, PhD, dr. Adela Ciobanu Romanian Academy, Romania

China prof. Anise Wu, and prof. Yu Shu, University of Macau, China

UK Monika McNeill, PhD, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Slovakia Juraj Holdoš, PhD, Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia

Ukraine Ana Ivanova and prof. Oleg Gorbaniuk, The Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Lithuania prof. Antanas Kairys, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Finland Waqar Nadee, PhD, University of Oulu, Finland

Serbia prof. Igor Pantic, Belgrade University, Serbia, Dr. Anita Milanovic, M.D, Clinic for mental disorders „Dr Laza Lazarević“, Belgrade, Serbia

Hong Kong Wai-Kai Hou, PhD,The Education University of Hong Kong

Tunisia prof. Haithem Guizani, Sciences Po Grenoble, France

Croatia Tihana Brkljacic, PhD, Institute of Social Sciences Dr. Ivo Pilar, Croatia

Slovenia Bojan Musil, PhD, and prof.  Nenad Čuš Babić University of Maribor, Slovenia

Kazakhstan Ana Ivanova, The Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

USA Gwendolyn Seidman, PhD, Albright College, USA

Belarus Ana Ivanova and prof. Oleg Gorbaniuk, The Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Pakistan Sadia Malik, PhD, University of Sargodha, Pakistan

Spain Rebecca Bendayan, PhD and prof. Maria J. Blanca, University of Malaga, Spain

Portugal  Belen Rando, PhD and Ana Maria Abreu PhD, the University Universidade Europeia of Lisbon, Portugal

Mexico, Meiko Makita, PhD, ITESM, Mexito

South Africa, prof. Richard Shambare, University of Venda


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We intend to publish the effect of the project in the form of articles published in the international journals with impact factor. We can offer you a co-authorship. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


We welcome your collaboration!



Błachnio, A., & Przepiorka, A. (2019). Be Aware! If You Start Using Facebook Problematically You Will Feel Lonely: Phubbing, Loneliness, Self-esteem, and Facebook Intrusion. A Cross-Sectional Study. Social Science Computer Review, 0894439318754490.

Błachnio, A., Przepiórka, A., Gorbaniuk, O., Benvenuti, M., Ciobanu, A. M., Senol-Durak, E., ... & Popa, C. (2019). Cultural Correlates of Internet Addiction. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22(4), 258-263.

Ivanova, A., Gorbaniuk, O., Błachnio, A., Przepiórka, A., Mraka, N., Polishchuk, V., & Gorbaniuk, J. (2020). Mobile Phone Addiction, Phubbing, and Depression Among Men and Women: A Moderated Mediation Analysis. Psychiatric Quarterly, 1-14.

Błachnio, A., Przepiórka, A., & Cudo, A. (2021). The Mediating Role of Positive Orientation and Hope of Success in the Relationship Between Perceived Social Support and Facebook Intrusion. Social Science Computer Review, 0894439320985773.

Błachnio, A., Przepiórka, A., Gorbaniuk, O., Bendayan, R., McNeill, M., Angeluci, A., ... & Yu, S. (2021). Measurement invariance of the Phubbing Scale across 20 countries. International Journal of Psychology. 56 (6), 885–894

Błachnio, A., Przepiórka, A., Gorbaniuk, O., Bendayan, R., McNeill, M., Angeluci, A., ... & Yu, S. (2021). Country indicators moderating the relationship between phubbing and psychological distress: A comparative study between 20 countries. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:588174.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.588174

Benvenuti, M., Błachnio, A., Przepiorka, A. M., Daskalova, V. M., & Mazzoni, E. (2020). Factors Related to Phone Snubbing Behavior in Emerging Adults: The Phubbing Phenomenon. In M. Desjarlais (Ed.), The Psychology and Dynamics Behind Social Media Interactions (pp. 164-187). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-9412-3.ch007