What is ‘phubbing’?
In an age of viral Internet campaigns, the anti-phubbing crusade has made waves. Tidal waves, in fact.
A recently coined term, phubbing can be defined as ‘the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention’. Alex Haigh, a 23-year-old Australian graduate student, sparked off the movement through the creation of stopphubbing.com, which possesses some tongue-in-cheek statistics (i.e. ‘92% of phubbers go on to become politicians’) and some fun posters to print for awareness - but the website carries a serious message at the same time.
In a world where the internet has infiltrated every corner of life, communication through social media has become the norm. Whether we’re texting or Tweeting or status-updating or checking-in, everything happens online. The problem is when these factors come into play when we are in an actual, real-life, social situation. Why would we be updating our friends about where we are when we are actually with them?
By all means, use social media, and make the most of it too. Just remember to put your phone away when you’re having a proper conversation with someone. Surely that isn’t too much to ask for?
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