“Phubbing” is an invented word for a phenomenon we all know to be quite real: the act of snubbing someone by burying your face in a smartphone. Psychologists have previously tied phubbing to worse mental health and less social connectedness.
Consider this your annual AllPsych public health announcement about the negative effects of phubbing. In early 2018, I wrote about the dangers of phubbing – that is, of snubbing people by going on your phone. A year and change later,
Cell and smartphone use has become a staple of modern life. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 2/3 of Americans are smartphone owners and those numbers continue to climb every day. Recent polls in 2015 show smartphone usage includes: