phone etiquette


Phone snubbing. We easily see it in others’ behavior. It’s so annoying when it happens to you, but be honest, you may be guilty of this one yourself …

verb (used with object), phubbed, phubbing
1. to ignore (a person or one’s surroundings) when in a social situation by busying oneself with a phone or other mobile device

Hey, are you phubbing me?

I hate to see a mother wheeling a stroller while phubbing her baby.

verb (used without object), phubbed, phubbing.

2. to ignore a person or one’s surroundings in this way.

Origin of phub

First recorded in 2010-14; ph(one) + snub


Woman using telephone, c. 1910. From postcard via Wikimedia Commons.


Leave a comment 4 Comments

  1. Cindi says:

    Ah, yes. The bane of our society. I have made strict restrictions for myself during the very brief lunch break at work because it is so easy to fall into this. So I allow myself only a brief check for any urgent matter and then put the phone away. Now if only the others would do the same. It is extremely depressing to sit in a room full of people munching on their lunch, heads down and not a word spoken.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    The entire phone debacle today is wrecking many parts of everyone’s life. And I find it scary and disruptive because one never knows if they even has someone’s attention. The phone is social media’s platform and it has literally taken over the priorities of too many people all day and night long. My question is what will be society like in another few decades if this pattern does not change?

  3. Barbara Criss says:

    I hate phubbing, but it seems everyone does it. I just have a cell phone for emergencies- so I am not a phubber. My husband works in retail and he tells me that people stare at their phones and never talk to each other at lunch—just as Cindi said. I like to see what’s happening around me—not stare at a phone. I do like to be rude on my landline and answer by saying “Hello—What do you want?” So maybe I do phub a little bit after all—ha,ha.

  4. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    I just walk away if any so called “friend” does that to me. I have an old ” flip-phone” so I don’t have access to internet and social media, so I think im pretty good about my phone usage. It is strictly for me to get calls from my Dr and so forth. My phone is also very difficult to text on , so I never use that but have learned none of my friends or business calls even answer their phone and will only respond to texts. sheesh. And everyone is so RUDE when they text too. akkkk! Only my older friends even talk on their phones these days.
    Yes, you have hit a nerve with today’s post.

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