You are in mid-conversation with a friend and they check their phone and begin replying to a text or checking their emails.
Are you the kind of person who checks your phone while in a conversation?
Then you’re guilty of phubbing.
Phubbing is the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone.
But now, people everywhere are beginning to lose patience with the phenomenon known as phubbing: snubbing others in a social setting by checking your phone.
A Stop Phubbing campaign group has started in Australia and at least five others have sprung up in its wake as outrage about the lack of manners grows.
The campaign’s creator, Alex Haigh, 23, from Melbourne, said: ‘A group of friends and I were chatting when someone raised how annoying being ignored by people on mobiles was.’
He has created a website where companies can download posters to discourage phubbing and even placecards for weddings.
Phubbing is just one symptom of our increasing reliance on mobile phones and the internet which is replacing normal social interaction.
Research reveals that 44 per cent of us spend more than half an hour a day looking at our phones, eight per cent admit to checking it for three hours a day and three per cent say they spend five or more hours on their mobiles.
A third of Britons polled admitted to being phubbers and more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they would answer their phone in the middle of a face-to-face conversation.
Researchers have now found that phubbing can cause the person being ignored to become depressed and anxious in their relationship, and it can even impact other aspects of their life.
If you feel strongly about this issue, you can visit http://stopphubbing.com/
Join like-minded people to see how you can help stop this social scourge!
It is also a good idea to watch this commercial which could give you a different perspective of how you can lead a better life not being addicted to your phone: