Phubbing – to ignore (a person or one’s surroundings) when in a social situation by busying oneself with a phone or other mobile device
Sound familiar? Phubbing is a new word in my vocabulary, but it describes an activity I’ve noticed for about a dozen years.
And yes, I’ve exhibited phubbing behavior on occasion. There’s something about those digital devices that entice many, maybe most, of us to stare at their screens and interact with them…even when we’re in the same room with real live people.
But is it phubbing when everyone is playing the same game on their phone? That’s what was happening after dinner on Easter.
And this isn’t phubbing…two people interacting with one another and their phones sharing tips on using their devices.
My son-in-law, Jonathan, challenges friends to stack their phones in the center of the table when they go out to dinner, and the first one to touch their phone gets to pick up the tab. A good way to control phubbing.
In fact, he’s certain that I’d be the one paying if I’d take him up on this challenge. When I hear that ding, ding indicating a new text, I just can’t resist.