Internet addiction is the reason why people often snub social companion to concentrate on their smartphones, suggests a new research. According to researchers, addiction to internet has proliferated this behavior — known as phubbing — wherein they are prompted to ‘phub’ as well as experience being ‘phubbed’ in social situations. The term “phubbing” represents the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by concentrating on one’s phone instead of talking to the person directly. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outageAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
The findings revealed that internet addiction, fear of missing out and lack of self-control predicated smartphone addiction. This addiction, in turn, was directly linked to people phubbing behavior. “This experience of phubbing and of being phubbed themselves made people more likely to think that phubbing was ‘normal’ behavior,” said the Varoth Chotpitayasunondh from the University of Kent in Britain. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, was designed to examine some of the psychological antecedents and consequences of phubbing behavior.