Phubbing Can Be Dangerous to Your Mental and Emotional Health
Phubbing – snubbing someone in favor of your mobile phone -- is becoming more prevalent in our human relationships as we more and more choose technology and smartphone over human interaction.
Phubbing is bad for you, and science proves it. Research shows that excessive use of your phone negatively impacts one’s satisfaction with relationships and overall life.
For years, the dangers of cell phone use have focused on radiation and its impact on the brain and other organs. With Phubbing, it’s time to take a look at the impacts to your mental and emotional health also.
Phubbing’s harmful effects include:
· Relationship Killer. When two people are together and one or both choose the phone over human interaction, feelings of resentment, disconnection and anger can crop up.
· Harms Romantic Partnerships. One study found that phubbing can degrade life satisfaction and trigger signs of depression. When spouses or significant other phubs each other, they are more likely to be dissatisfied with their relationship.
· Damages Mental Health. A clinical study published in 2018 round that phubbing threatened four fundamental needs – belonging, self-esteem, meaningful existence and control.
· Negative Impacts on Youth. Today, navigating from adolescence to young adulthood has an additional set of technologically charged, emotional challenges. Research on adolescents shows that phubbing has significant consequences on the social health, relationship health, and self-flourishing of young adults.
So while most of us instinctively “know” that choosing our phone over human interaction is bad for our relationships, we need to take extra steps and caution to avoid falling into the phubbing trap. Try these basic steps to avoid phubbing:
· Schedule a phone-free hours and spend quality time with your friend, child or partner.
· Set up technology-free rooms in your home. The bedroom is a good place to start, as is making meal times off limits for phones.
· Center your mind. Stress reducing activities including exercise, prayer and meditation can help you break additions to technology.
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