Phubbing is the new snubbing

The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often …

Sadly, the way we’re going, in another generation or two, online sharing will be the norm, and those of us who don’t or who aren’t all out there, will be seen as weird luddites. There’s lots of science fiction about people being plugged in 24/7.

I just read an article about research done on phubbing, a combination of phone and snubbing. You get the idea. And the results are no surprise. It’s detrimental to relationships. But that won’t stop anyone from phubbing. It’s an addiction just like email, although that’s now old hat. How many articles have you seen about how to control email addiction. Now there are similar articles about smartphone addiction. We crave human contact. It’s built into our DNA. We’re a social species. And yet, we also crave attention from outside of our immediate circle to the detriment of that circle. Once again technology can be used for good and bad. Bob.

Excerpt from CBC newsletter article- you can sign up here.

Have you ever been phubbed?

Chances are, you have.

You know how it goes. You’re in the middle of what you think is a scintillating conversation with a friend, a neighbour, the plumber — and that’s when you notice it. You’re being ignored, in favour of a mobile phone.

In this age of technological gadgets and gizmos comes the annoying phenomenon called
“phubbing,” a combination of the words “phone” and “snubbing.”

“It’s almost become the norm,” says University of Kent psychologist Karen Douglas.

In her new research the U.K. professor shows that phubbing can have a negative impact on relationships. She compares phubbing to social exclusion that can threaten people’s human needs such as belonging, self-esteem, and meaningful existence.

One thought on “Phubbing is the new snubbing

  1. Elsewhere I heard the idea that if someone checks their phone standing next to you and it “inspires” you to check yours, it’s the modern equivalent of a contagious yawn.

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