It is never very pleasant to talk to someone who starts looking at their phone. However, with the arrival of smartphones and social networks, this situation has become quite commonplace. It even has a name in English: “Phubbing”, defined as snubbing friends for their phone.
According to a new scientific study, conducted by American researchers and published in June 2021 in the journal Behavior & Information Technology, some people would be more likely to “phub” than others. Depression and social anxiety are said to promote this rude behavior, as those affected are generally more comfortable communicating online than face to face. In addition, people who are socially anxious or depressed would be more likely to be addicted to their phones, which would not help.
After observing a lot of groups of friends in coffee shops or elsewhere, Juhyung Sun, the study’s lead author, was able to draw some conclusions. “People are really sensitive to their notifications. After each vibration or sound, we consciously or unconsciously look at our phones ”, she noted, noting that the panel of uses of the device across various applications – from the weather to the latest information, are key factors favoring this dynamic.
The study also found that people with a “nice” nature, who are cooperative, polite and friendly in their relationships, are less likely to snub their friends for their phones. “They have a strong tendency to maintain social harmony while avoiding arguments that can ruin their relationships,” said the researcher, in a communicated. “In face-to-face conversations, people [de nature] pleasant view the phubbing behavior as rude and rude to their conversation partners, ”she added.
The study also found that phubbing was more common in a group of three or more people.
Conversely, turning away from your phone to pay full attention to your interlocutor can be seen as a signal of respect and concentration.