By Lavern Nissley
When I typed the title of this blog post a few seconds ago, my computer put a red line under the word "phub". Meaning it's not a word it recognizes. Until last week I had never heard of it either.
By the time you've read through this post you'll know it's definition as well as how not to do it.
So in 2012 a group began an anti-phubbing movement. Phubbing (are you ready for the definition?) = "snubbing" + "phone", or snubbing your partner with your phone.
In Rob Wile's 10/2/15 post entitled 'Phubbing' is ruining American relationships he cited a survey of more the 400 individuals by Baylor University where "46.3% of respondents said their partners snubbed them by taking to their phone, or 'phubbed' them. And 22.6% said it 'caused issues' in their relationship."
I love the list Ashley Willis included in her 7/1/19 post: Social Media and Marriage: How to Keep It From Killing Your Marriage.
It just struck me that the word "phub" is very close in pronunciation to the words "fib" and "flub". Both have negative connotations including dishonesty and failure, NOT good ingredients for healthy relationships.
Join us in prioritizing relationships above our phones/social media. #PhubFreeZone
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.