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Phubbing (Phone Snubbing) – A 3:55 minute interview with Dr. Suzanne Degges-White, Relationship Expert, Northern Illinois University by WGN Evening News (Chicago) on April 6, 2022. Accessed May 28, 2022 at

How it relates to problem social media use

  • Phubbing (ignoring other individuals by using a mobile phone during a face-to-face conversation) is a result of smartphone use and is noteworthy because it can impair communication between the persons involved whether adult -adult or parent-child relationship. It is normalized, and an addiction.
  • Recommends putting the phone face down, establish eye contact, establish no-phone zone, reduce distance between the individuals to connect together, have quality time and quality conversations, and act as a good role model for others especially children. It was also suggested that phubbing encourages excess intake of sweets and alcohol thereby encouraging other types of addiction.
  • Scales have been developed to measure phubbing-related concepts.
  • The Phubbing Scale (two factors and 8 items) measures communication disturbance and phone obsession. Reference: Garcia-Castro et al. (2022) The Phubbing Scale (PS-8) in the Portuguese population: psychometric properties. Psicologia: Reflexao e Critica 35:7. Accessed May 28, 2022 at
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