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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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Wow! This is interesting. I totally agree that using a phone when with someone is like not being fully present. Many of us do this without thinking of the impact of a seemingly trivial action. We do this with other things too, like eating and scrolling, etc. We live in a distracted and multi-tasking world. No judgment but there are implications. We are never fully present in whatever we do and go through all of life never being fully present and then come to the end of life, and wonder where it all went.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When our Mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”  

         Thich Nhat Hanh

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