Can disordered mobile phone use be considered a behavioral addiction? An update on current evidence and a comprehensive model for future research

Billieux, J., Maurage, P., Lopez-Fernandez, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-4294-9156, Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2015. Can disordered mobile phone use be considered a behavioral addiction? An update on current evidence and a comprehensive model for future research. Current Addiction Reports, 2 (2), pp. 156-162. ISSN 2196-2952

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Abstract

Despite the many positive outcomes, excessive mobile phone use is now often associated with potentially harmful and/or disturbing behaviors (e.g., symptoms of deregulated use, negative impact on various aspects of daily life such as relationship problems, and work intrusion). Problematic mobile phone use (PMPU) has generally been considered as a behavioral addiction that shares many features with more established drug addictions. In light of the most recent data, the current paper reviews the validity of the behavioral addiction model when applied to PMPU. On the whole, it is argued that the evidence supporting PMPU as an addictive behavior is scarce. In particular, it lacks studies that definitively show behavioral and neurobiological similarities between mobile phone addiction and other types of legitimate addictive behaviors. Given this context, an integrative pathway model is proposed that aims to provide a theoretical framework to guide future research in the field of PMPU. This model highlights that PMPU is a heterogeneous and multi-faceted condition.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Addiction Reports
Creators: Billieux, J., Maurage, P., Lopez-Fernandez, O., Kuss, D.J. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Date: 9 April 2015
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2196-2952
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10.1007/s40429-015-0054-yDOI
Rights: © Springer International Publishing AG 2015.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:16
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 13:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10480

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