Are You A Phubber Or Phubbee?

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Photo Credit: MarcoMaru from morguefile.com

We’re all victims of our cellphones. We’ve seen celebrities glued to the mini screens in their hands, completely isolating the world around them. And we’ve also seen day to day when people around us do exactly the same. Do you know if you’re a phubber or phubbee?Let’s find out!

The term phubbing comes from the two words “phone” and “snubbing.” Being phubbed means being snubbed by someone using their cell phone while in your company. If you’ve experienced talking to someone while they were distracted by their phone, you understand this completely!

We should all be aware that we live in a generation that has us addicted to our smartphones. Unfortunate, really, but that’s just how it is. I’m here to tell you that there are risks, as always.

Listen up!

Our phones are effecting our relationships! According to a study led by professor of marketing at Baylor University Hankamer School of Business, James A. Roberts, phubbing is effecting us and we don’t even know it!

Roberts and his team surveyed 450 adults in the U.S. to learn how often people abuse their phones while they’re in the presence of others. 46.3% of participants said their partners have phubbed them, and 22.6% said phubbing caused issues in their relationships.

Roberts told Today “What we found, not surprisingly, when people perceive their partners to be phubbers — they spend more time paying attention to their (phones) — that created conflict in the relationship.”

“In everyday interactions with significant others, people often assume that momentary distractions by their cell phones are not a big deal,” said Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing. “However, our findings suggest that the more often a couple’s time spent together is interrupted by one individual attending to his/her cellphone, the less likely it is that the other individual is satisfied in the overall relationship.”

I’m definitely guilty of this! Phones are effecting not only us but our loved ones. Keep that in mind next time someone is talking to you and you’re stuck on your phone! It’s not healthy, and people notice. Save your relationships and enjoy the face to face time with your significant others!

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