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Why do we stick on social networks, and why is it dangerous

When a gadget is more interesting than life; what is phubbing and why it has become an epidemic of our time, explains BIT.UA

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Many of us have a friend or colleague who, during a meeting, suddenly starts scrolling through a movie on Facebook or reading the news on Telegram.

It is possible that you yourself are one of them.

Do your loved ones suffer from phubbing, and what can you do about it?

What is phubbing

The term phubbing first appeared in 2012.

This is a derivative of the English words "telephone" (phone) and "neglect" (snubbing).

The meaning is appropriate: craving for electronic devices, which is so strong that it makes you dismiss the environment or even completely ignore it.

The information campaign against phubbing Stop Phubbing was organized and supported by the media.

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Its essence is to encourage people to pay more attention to live communication.

"No Tweeting, No Facebook, No Instagram, No Foursquare, No Sexting: respect food, music and the company you're in," the campaign's website reads.

Impressive facts are published on the same official resource:

  • During one dinner in an average cafe, fabbing occurs about 36 times.
  • 97% of people who practice fabbing while eating admit they don't enjoy it.
  • 87% of teenagers choose online between communication online and in real life.

How devastating the consequences of phubbing can be, according to research from Baylor University (Texas).

James Roberts and Meredith David in 2016 investigated the impact of phubbing on relationships in couples.

For this, scientists conducted a survey.

Nearly 47% of respondents said that they were subjected to phubbing by their partners, almost 23% of respondents had conflicts because of this, and almost 37% noted that phubbing caused them depression.

Phubbing can cause a chain reaction: a person notices ignorance on the part of the interlocutor and decides to look for interest in social networks.

So, the main "symptoms" of phubbing:

  • you are in the gadget while eating
  • you don’t hide your phone in a bag or pocket in the store and on the way - suddenly something important
  • immediately pick up your smartphone as soon as you hear a sound alert, even if you are working, driving or talking to someone
  • you are afraid to miss something important in the news feed or on social networks.

How not to become a fabber

If you find yourself picking up your phone when you're bored or anxious, download books or podcasts and listen to them.

That is, spend time in gadgets with benefit, and not aimlessly scrolling the feed.

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Prevent yourself from sticking to your smartphone while eating

It's not really healthy or useful.

First, you eat too much.

Second, the brain cannot focus on taste and satiety and process chat messages at the same time.

Allow yourself not to reply to messages instantly

Keep empty correspondence to a minimum and be succinct in your responses.

Be present and aware

Ask yourself more often: what is happening to me now, what am I doing, is it so important to update the Instagram feed, am I doing a more useful and interesting thing now.

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