Are you guilty of 'phubbing' your Valentine?

Phubbing your Valentine? (NBC News Channel)

NEW YORK -- About half of us have a bad habit that could be taking a toll on your love life. Are you guilty?

Look around, and you might catch everyone else looking down. A recent study shows that we check our phones 150 times a day on average. That's once every five minutes.

It's a habit that can have us reaching for our phones, even when someone else is talking.

"When this is a constant thing, a constant pattern, it’s 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. Take note of how often you use your phone and cut down on distractions by turning off social media alerts and other unnecessary notifications.

"Each time that just breaks our concentration, it takes us out of the moment," explained Winfield.

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.

The best gift might just be your full attention.

If you can't bear to turn the phone off or keep it out of sight, experts say to at least put your phone face down if you put it on the table.

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