Tech Talker: "Phubbing" Your Valentine

(NBC News)  A recent study shows that people check their phones 150 times a day on average, or once every five minutes, and it could be taking a toll on their love life.

"When this is a constant thing, a constant pattern, its starting to erode our relationships," said communications expert Chris Winfield.

Researchers at Baylor University found the act of snubbing our partners for our phones, or "phubbing," is on the rise and almost half of those in romantic relationships say they've been phubbed. 

Experts say the first step is awareness, so take note of how often you use your phone and cut down on distractions by turning off social media alerts and other unnecessary notifications.

Experts also suggest setting a "phone free zone" such as the dinner table.

This Valentine's Day, you might want to trade the stuffed animals and chocolate for some quality time together.

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