When She Chooses the Phone Over the Friend

Smartphone overuse in adolescents has risen sharply over the last three years sparking a distancing effect through a behavior known as “phubbing”. Yes, you heard that correctly—“phubbing.” This is a combination of snubbing another person by opting to look at a smartphone rather than interact. So even if your girl doesn’t have social media, if her friend does, the alienation effect fuels loneliness and disconnection. 

As a Christ-follower, your girl’s calling as a friend is one that begs relationship, eye contact, and shared experiences. If she’s feeling alienated by others, help her to identify and thank God for a trusted friend who IS available—even if it’s just one friend. If she’s opting for the phone over the friend, it may be time for a phone-ectomy when possible. 

Proverbs 17:17, NIV 

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American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.