A recent survey showed 71% of Thais “phubbing” – avoiding direct contact with people around you by looking at your mobile phone instead of paying attention to them, says a Thai media report.
A full 96% of respondents aged 12 to 45 said they have been phubbed, said the survey by Weber Shandwick.
Eighty percent said “during a one-on-one conversation” was the most frustrating situation to be phubbed, and eighty percent of phubbing victims say they feel frustrated, angry, or like the person is uninterested in them or the conversation when they get phubbed.
Ninety percent said they phub because of boredom or something important comes up on their phone.
Respondents said the most acceptable place to phub was while traveling together in a car or on the BTS/MRT, and the second most acceptable was in a bar. Nine percent said no place is acceptable.
Over 84% said they are against phubbing.
One 15-year-old girl said, “We shouldn’t phub when other people are trying to have a conversation with us, but I still phub anyway even though I know I shouldn’t.” Image/nationmultimedia.com