Phubbing

What does Phubbing mean?

Ignoring someone in favor of your phone

Ever been ignored by a friend because they were too busy on their phone? That’s called Phubbing. This slang is a fusion of “phone” and “snubbing”, cleverly describing the act of snubbing someone in favour of a mobile device.

The term first came into use in 2012, thanks to an initiative called the “Stop Phubbing” campaign led by the Oxford Dictionary. The campaign was designed to raise awareness about this increasingly common and disrespectful behaviour.

As more and more people become glued to their devices, the act of phubbing has become widespread. It’s not uncommon to see someone engrossed in their phone, ignoring the people around them in real life (IRL).

Unfortunately, this trend isn’t just affecting friendships. Phubbing has also made its way into romantic relationships, causing a decrease in intimacy. So, next time you’re on a date, remember to put your phone away and give your partner the attention they deserve.

Example for using ‘Phubbing’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new movie?

πŸ“± Sorry, I was busy on my phone. What movie?

You’re Phubbing me! I said the new James Bond movie. It’s awesome! πŸŽ₯🍿

Oops, my bad! I’ll put my phone away. Tell me more about it! πŸ™ˆ