Study: ‘PHUBBING’ Can Threaten Our Basic Human Needs

If you’ve ever kept your phone out on a dinner table, pay attention. A new study finds that the act of ‘phubbing,’ or ignoring someone you’re with in a social setting to concentrate on your phone, can have a negative effect on relationships. University of Kent scientists specifically found being phubbed threatened the following, basic human needs: belonging, self-esteem, meaningful existence and control. The results showed that, as the level of phubbing increased, people experienced greater threats to their fundamental needs. They also perceived the communication quality to be poorer, and the relationship to be less satisfying. Researchers note that unlike other forms of social exclusion, phubbing can happen anywhere and at any time.