These days, our obsession with our mobile phones makes it notoriously difficult to hold a meaningful conversation with anyone without them whipping out their phone while you talk. Until recently, many had no idea that there is actually a term for this type of behaviour.
Coined by Alex Haigh, the term phubbing refers to “the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention”. Here are 11 signs that you or a friend could be a phubber.
- As you read this post right now you’re accessing it from a mobile device.
- Quality time with your loved one = the two of you sitting side by side typing away on your smart phones.
- You get a notification that your friend just checked in to a place. You comment on their post. You receive a comment on your post saying “Dude I’m standing right next to you.”
- You’ve asked to borrow a phone charger off a complete stranger or used one of those public power points to charge your phone because your battery died.
- You chat with your friend about how you miss them. You plan a get together. You get together face to face. You spend most of your time at that get together chatting to your other friend telling them how much you miss them and how you two should get together. You get together. You get where I’m going with this right?
- You find that people often have to repeat themselves around you even though you don’t have a hearing problem.
- You live in a high rise in Johannesburg. You don’t know any of your neighbours but you know a guy called Mouchine Saidi from Tunisia (You ‘met’ on facebook during during the Arab spring and yet the two of you have never seen each other face to face and you’ve never been to Tunisia)
- You’re still reading this now as you sit around a table with your friends.
- You’ve actually tweeted, updated your status, instagrammed etc while you were at a wedding…your wedding.
- You missed the birth of one of your children not because you were not there but because you were busy fiddling with your phone trying to figure out how to stream the birth on the internet.
- You eventually figured it out but by then the baby had been born already so all you got is a shot of your foot then as you moved the camera to shoot your wife and the newborn your battery died.
So are you a phubber? Leave a comment (hopefully you are not accessing this via a mobile phone).