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The Phubbing Scale

Find out if your phone habits are causing those around you to feel ignored or neglected.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | September 6, 2023

"Phubbing," which is a portmanteau of "phone" and "snubbing," refers to the act of ignoring someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the person.

This 10-item self-report scale was developed to measure the degree to which individuals engage in phubbing behavior. Given the increasing prevalence of smartphone usage, it is clear that phubbing is not just a quirky modern behavior. Rather, it's indicative of broader trends and shifts in social behavior brought about by the pervasive use of technology.

Like many psychological scales, the Phubbing Scale underwent a process of validation to ensure its reliability and validity in measuring the construct of interest.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of never to always.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Karadağ E, Tosuntaş ŞB, Erzen E, Duru P, Bostan N, Şahin BM, Çulha İ, Babadağ B. Determinants of phubbing, which is the sum of many virtual addictions: a structural equation model.