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Wellingtonians divided on anti-phone snubbing movement

Aug 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Most Popular

phubbingMAINA GLASS of wine in the evening – it’s supposed to be a social occasion, but these two are transfixed by their phones.

Australian marketing intern Alex Haigh, 23, has created a Facebook page and website to try and end this problem of phone snubbing or “phubbing.”

The page has gone viral in recent weeks, with nearly 2400 people now liking the page.

Market research company Ipsos published a study in 2012 which revealed that 44% of the NZ population over the age of 16 currently use a smart phone and 73% of smartphone users don’t leave home without their device.

After the end phubbing movement made headlines across the world, Newswire took to the streets of Wellington to gather local opinion.

Of the ten people questioned, four thought the end phubbing movement was not relevant.

Five people thought that phubbing was an issue, but couldn’t be stopped. One person thought that phubbing was a serious issue.

Ray Fagan, (22) a tax consultant, said that smart phones are part of society but people need to regulate their usage.

“I don’t see it as a major issue it’s just something that’s part of everyday life now, although there is a time and a place to use them, I try not to shut myself off too much.”

Michael Van Zijl (32) a Lawyer, believes that stopping phubbing is a pointless cause because the smartphone has become so important for business.

“It’s hard to be engaged all the time when you have to check emails and you have a device there, I couldn’t do business without it.”

Margaret Lawson (51) a Researcher, believes that people are not present when they are using their smartphones. She saw phubbing as a rude social trend, set to continue as more and more young people purchase smartphones.

“People seem to want to document everything they are doing without actually being engaged in the activity, some people don’t seem to live in the real world”.

The four people that thought the end phubbing movement was irrelevant were of the opinion that regulating smart phone use was not realistic in modern society.

The six people that thought that phubbing was an issue but couldn’t be stopped believed that smart phones were too tempting for people when they have access to the internet at their fingertips.

The IPSOS study says that 59% of smartphone users access the Internet on their smartphones at least once a day, and 62% of smartphone users watch video on their smartphone.

If this trend continues New Zealanders are unlikely to turn off their smartphones in social situations any time soon. For those looking for ways to stop phubbing the website has some clever suggestions.phubbingMAIN2

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