Phubbed

Prevention (Australia) - - Mind -

You’ve been phubbed, and there’s a good chance you’ve phubbed some­one else. Con­fused yet? Phub­bing is the snub­bing you get when you’re talk­ing to some­one and they look at their mo­bile phone. It’s an­noy­ing, right? A study in the

Jour­nal of Ap­plied So­cial Psy­chol­ogy

found phub­bing neg­a­tively ef­fects your in­ter­ac­tions with oth­ers. It can make you feel ex­cluded and less val­ued. Al­most one in five of us phub over four times a day, ac­cord­ing to 2016 re­search. The up side is you can’t phub if your phone isn’t near you, so make it a rule to leave it be­hind or in your bag the next time you’re seated with friends.

Find out more about the ef­fects your phone is hav­ing on your life in ‘Your Dis­tracted Life’ on page 78.

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