I Love/Hate my Phone
Like most of you I have a love/hate relationship with my phone. It has become my memory as I am constantly using the note pages to remember information that I will need later and the task list to remember key tasks that I have to complete. It is my entertainment where I read using Kindle and watch random videos on numerous topics. It has all my contact information, all my phone numbers, most of my credit and investment information. In short, it influences almost every aspect of my life. It is amazing how addictive a piece of equipment can become. Recent research has started to discover the significant damage that phones pose to relationships, especially in the area of Phubbing. Never hear the term? Read on.
What is Phubbing
Phubbing is a word that combines Phone and Snubbing. In short, it is the habit of looking at your phone instead of the person you are talking to. It undermines relationships as it says to a person “The random text/notification I have just received and need to look at is more important than you.” The act of Phubbing undermines all of our relationships and has a significant impact on marital relationships. In addition, it negatively effects our mental health by increasing the likelihood of depression and general dissatisfaction.
Put That Thing Away
So what are we to do? Of course, we can’t do without our phone in this day and age. It is often the primary way we communicate with family and friends from a distance. However, we can set boundaries. Here is a couple of recommendations:
No Phones at Dinner