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Phubbing

Phubbing -  the practice of ignoring one's companion or companions in order to pay attention to one's phone or other mobile device.

To be honest, I am definitely guilty of doing this subconsciously from time to time but it didn't really stick out to me until my recent trip to Hong Kong. Through people watching (and constantly having to maneuver around people who are on their phones), I was able to see a bigger picture where we seem to be a little too "addicted" to our devices nowadays. While cellphones were originally designed as a verbal communication tool, it has now become a multimedia tool allowing us to easily access the internet and a never ending list of apps at our fingertips. To reduce my cellphone usage, I have been getting into the habit of leaving my phone out of sight during meals and when I am spending time with my friends and family. I challenge YOU to do the same and start paying more attention to your surroundings as well as the people physically around you.

 
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