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Hey, hey you! Are you phubbing right now?
You should probably stop that.
As we become more and more engrossed into the world inside our smartphones, phubbing is becoming a real problem. So much so, that it is beginning to really ruin many of the relationships we have.
‘Phubbing’, which means as much as phone snubbing, refers to the act of going on your phone whilst in the company of another person. So for example while your friend is trying to tell you a funny story, and you scroll through your Insta feed or reply to a quick text you just got, you’re phubbing your friend.
And it’s not cool.
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As we become more obsessed with documenting every aspect of our lives (think, daily food pics), phubbing is becoming an ever-increasing issue at dinner tables and get-togethers alike. People become consumed with their photos, taking out moments from reality to sink into timeless spirals of virtuality. And still, many don’t even realise they’re doing it.
A study recently conducted at Baylor University found that of 145 adults surveyed, 46.3% of people said they had been phubbed by their partner before, with a further 36.6% claiming it depressed them. Even more alarming, 22.6% said that phubbing led to problems in their relationships.
Dr. James A. Roberts, the lead researcher on the study, states, “When you think about the results, they are astounding. Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness – our relationships with our romantic partners.”
I mean, we’re all for giggling over memes and sharing cat videos as a form of bonding when you’re apart. But going on your phone and ignoring the godamn beautiful person in front of you? Rude.
It’s no secret that technology and our relationship with social media is changing the way we live our lives and interact with other people. However, it’s important not to let these negatively impact our relationships. It isn’t fair on your company, it isn’t necessary for your social upkeep, and it may hinder building new (potentially freakin’ awesome) relationships.
Because think about it… who would you be left if your phone battery was dead?
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Maybe put your precious cell on silent and have the screen face downwards throughout your social time, set your phone to only display important/urgent messages, and even if you have to take the odd food pic/selfie – take it and be done with it.
After all, nobody likes a phubber.