Such a “phub” — the act of snubbing someone by looking
at one’s phone instead of paying attention — usually would
pain the man, but his own vibrating phone allows him little
time to stew about it.
He’s been tagged in the salad photo on Facebook.
Experience tells him he’d better at least “like” the photo or
he’ll seem uncaring to the masses and, more important, to the
future Mrs. As he taps the thumbs-up, several comments ;ood
his screen. The ;rst is from her mother.
“Congratulations, kids!!!!!!!!” it reads, followed by the
heart, top hat, ring, couple, church wedding, and baby
Both his and her phones erupt with dings and vibrations,
and now several patrons have turned toward the hubbub.
The man, visibly rattled, taps his phone to enlarge the photo.
Staring back at him (and eclipsing the salad) is his moment-ago
self, opening the ring box for the social world to see.
#NailedIt #CantBeetIt #EngagementFail #MajorPhubUp
David Green;eld and attorney David Ryan Polgar with The Center for Internet and Technology
Addiction o;er a 12-question Digital Distraction Test. Is it time to disconnect from your devices?
“If you answered yes to more than three or four of the questions, you might bene;t from going on a digital diet and
making some small but powerful changes in the way you use your digital devices and technology,” the test states.
ARE YOU DIGITALLY DISTRACTED?
1. Do you ;nd yourself spending more time
online or on your digital devices (
computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone) than
2. Do you regularly ;nd yourself mindlessly
passing time by staring at your smartphone,
tablet or computer, even when there might
be better or more productive things to do?
And do you seem to lose track of time when
you’re on any of these devices?
3. Do you ;nd yourself spending more time
with “virtual friends” as opposed to real people nearby?
4. Has the amount of time you spend on
your digital devices and the internet been
5. Do you secretly wish you could be a little
less wired or connected to your smartphone,
laptop, tablet, internet, etc.?
6. Do you sleep with your smartphone
on or under your pillow or next to
your bed regularly?
7. Do you ;nd yourself viewing and answering texts, tweets and emails at all hours,
even interrupting other things?
8. Do you text, email, tweet or surf while
driving or doing other similar activities
that require your focused attention and
9. Do you feel your use of technology
decreases your productivity at times?
10. Do you ;nd yourself feeling somewhat ill at ease or uncomfortable
when you accidentally leave your
phone or other internet digital device
in the car or at home, if you have no
service, or if it is broken?
11. Do you feel reluctant to be without your
smartphone or other digital devices, even
for a short time? When you leave the
house, do you always have your smartphone or other digital device with you?
12. When you eat, is your smartphone always
part of the table place setting?