MUKTA AVACHAT

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Pho­tog­ra­pher

I met my friend after a long time. She came after at­tend­ing an of­fice get-to­gether. In­stead of be­ing happy, she was an­gry. When I asked her, she told me that when she was try­ing to say some­thing im­por­tant in a group dis­cus­sion, and one of her friends was con­stantly on her phone and how she got ticked off be­cause of that. The re­al­iza­tion hit me, I had faced sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions. lit­tle later, I came to know that this habit is called as ‘ hub­bing’ and it is one of the causes af­fect­ing re­la­tion­ships. Ev­ery one of us is get­ting phubbed and also phubbing to some ex­tent. When I started think­ing about it, I came to the con­clu­sion that phubbing is done to show oth­ers that ‘I am busy’, rather than ust want­ing to avoid con­ver­sa­tion with the per­son in front of you or to fool your­self into think­ing that so­cial pres­ence is making you happy or im­por­tant. So­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pres­ence have be­come the most es­sen­tial as­pects of ev­ery hu­man be­ing. I found it fascinating that such a small de­vice can con­nect us to the world and shows us un­end­ing in­for­ma­tion, but para­dox­i­cally, the habit of phubbing is de­stroy­ing ac­tual re­la­tion­ships. ccord­ing to me, it has more neg­a­tive facets than pos­i­tive ones. The thought that the per­son in front of you is giv­ing im­por­tance to some­one or some­thing else it­self has an ad­verse emo­tional im­pact. But how does one in­cul­cate the value of ac­tual face-to-face con­ver­sa­tions to a gen­er­a­tion that has en­tirely grown up to face time as a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion? We will soon need non-phubbing zones like non-smok­ing zones.

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