What does phubbing mean?

Snubbing a person to be on your phone

Phubbing is when a person snubs another person in order to be on his phone.

The term combines "phone" and "snubbing" and was coined and popularized in 2012 during a "Stop Phubbing" campaign by Macquarie Dictionary. As the use of mobile devices increase more people choose to be on their device, often a phone, rather than engage with others IRL. The negative habit has also infiltrated romantic relationships as it decreases intimacy.


No phubbing at the table. Put it away or I'll take it away!
A female victim of phubbing at a restaurant

A female victim of phubbing at a restaurant

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Updated April 18, 2016

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