Smartphones have made multi-tasking easier, more understandable, and at times compulsive. But in social settings, these devices can lead to a form of contemporary rudeness called phone snubbing, or phubbing, the act of ignoring one’s companions to pay attention to a phone. And that can have serious repercussions on relationships, according to a new University of Georgia study.

UGA Research on Phubbing, Snubbing Friends with Phones

Aug 26, 2021
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Are you a phubber? A UGA study focused on the phenomenon of so-called phone snubbing,or phubbing, which is the act of people ignoring their friends in a gathering and paying attention to their phones. Juhyung Sun is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma and received her master’s degree at the University of Georgia. She studied why people use their phones while in face-to-face situations.

“I focused on friendship because friendship is more like, one of the most comfortable relationship ties so it is kind of okay behavior to use the phone,” according to Sun.

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