It’s a term that surfaced a couple of years back, is gaining ground, and probably not going away. Phubbing.
Do you spend more time with Facebook than your friends … even when you’re together? Ignoring your real-life friends, partners, loved ones right in front of them has become such a problem – and common practice – that there is now a name for it.
Psychological researchers from the University of Kent have dubbed this ‘phubbing’ (aka phone snubbing) – the practice of focusing on your phone instead of on the friends sitting around the table with you.
A study reveals nearly half of us have been ‘phubbed’ by our partners. And, I’m guessing, they’ve been ‘phubbed’ by us.
It may be one of the new words Merriam-Webster officially adds next year, but there’s already a definition online – of course!