Phubbing: More Proof Our Phones Are Destroying Our Relationships

Dana Covit

Heard of phubbing? Odds are that even if you haven’t, you’ve done it and have had it done to you, too. A portmanteau of “phone” and “snubbing,” phubbing refers to the act of ignoring someone, interrupting a conversation, or otherwise being distracted, thanks to your cell phone.

Because no one likes playing second fiddle, especially to a piece of technology, the unfortunate habit has been linked to depression and emotional distress in relationships. A recent survey found that out of 400 individuals polled, 46% have been snubbed by their partners by way of phubbing. Nearly 23% admitted that it has “caused issues” in their relationship.

The takeaway? Do your due diligence to file your phone away during times where you really ought to be paying attention to the person you’re with. Interrupted by an unexpected phone call? Apologize, check the call quickly, and unless it’s an emergency, resolve to call that person back later. Easy enough!

Have you been phubbed? Tell us in the comments!

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