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Are you 'phubbing'? Here's how you may be self-sabotaging your relationship

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  • Phubbing, or phone snubbing, involves ignoring someone in favor of paying attention to your phone.
  • Though it’s a common habit, experts caution it can ruin your in-person relationships.
  • Research has shown phubbing can lead to marital dissatisfaction and emotional distance.

Do you find yourself instinctively scrolling through your phone in the middle of a conversation? Or checking your email during a movie date? It’s called “phubbing”: the impolite habit when you ignore those in front of you in favor of your phone.

A portmanteau for “phone” and “snubbing,” phubbing is often instinctive and unintentional. Many people do it to stay connected with others, whether it’s through social media, texting or emailing, but it can have the opposite effect on those closest to you. 

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I'm among the rideshare drivers living in fear, demanding safer work conditions

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Uber, Lyft safety: I’m mom of three. I need to know I’ll make it home.

Uber, Lyft made safety improvements, but many of those protect riders more than drivers. But drivers are also in danger.

Naomi Ogutu is a member of Justice for App Workers.

Naomi Ogutu

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I’ve been a rideshare driver in New York City for six years, and I take pride in my job and helping my passengers get where they need to go safely. But my safety is not a guarantee. I’m a mom of three. I need to know that I’ll make it home to my kids at the end of each night. 

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'A bad déjà vu': Under the crush of Western sanctions, Russians fear a return to dark economic days

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Russians fear toll of sanctions triggered by Putin’s Ukraine invasion

Harsh sanctions from Western nations on Russia have reminded citizens of the country’s 1998 debt crisis.

By Anna Nemtsova

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  • McDonalds and other American businesses have closed in Russia amid its invasion into Ukraine.
  • One expert estimates more than 200,000 Russians have left the country since the start of the war.
  • To counter economic turmoil, Putin has demand “unfriendly” countries pay for natural gas exports in rubles.

The once bustling corner of Moscow’s central Tverskaya Street looked deserted on Wednesday, as Russia’s first-ever McDonald’s franchise – opened in 1990 in a move that symbolized the Soviet Union’s opening to the West – shut its doors.

A large mural depicting a giant, Soviet-era medal – the Order of Victory, the highest military decoration awarded in World War II — loomed over over the empty sidewalk.

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