Problematic mobile phone use and smartphone addiction across generations: the roles of psychopathological symptoms and smartphone use

Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, Kanjo, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1720-0661, Crook-Rumsey, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-3031-3502, Kibowski, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8852-1278, Wang, G.Y. and Sumich, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4333-8442, 2018. Problematic mobile phone use and smartphone addiction across generations: the roles of psychopathological symptoms and smartphone use. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 3 (3), pp. 141-149. ISSN 2366-5963

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Abstract

Contemporary technological advances have led to a significant increase in using mobile technologies. Recent research has pointed to potential problems as a consequence of mobile overuse, including addiction, financial problems, dangerous use (i.e. whilst driving) and prohibited use (i.e. use in forbidden areas). The aim of this study is to extend previous findings regarding the predictive power of psychopathological symptoms (depression, anxiety and stress), mobile phone use (i.e. calls, SMS, time spent on the phone, as well as the engagement in specific smartphone activities) across Generations X and Y on problematic mobile phone use in a sample of 273 adults. Findings revealed prohibited use and dependence were predicted by calls/day, time on the phone and using social media. Only for dependent mobile phone use (rather than prohibited), stress appeared as significant. Using social media and anxiety significantly predicted belonging to Generation Y, with calls per day predicted belonging to Generation X. This finding suggests Generation Y are more likely to use asynchronous social media-based communication, whereas Generation X engage more in synchronous communication. The findings have implications for prevention and awareness-raising efforts of possibly problematic mobile phone use for educators, parents and individuals, particularly including dependence and prohibited use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science
Creators: Kuss, D.J., Kanjo, E., Crook-Rumsey, M., Kibowski, F., Wang, G.Y. and Sumich, A.
Publisher: Springer
Date: September 2018
Volume: 3
Number: 3
ISSN: 2366-5963
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10.1007/s41347-017-0041-3DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Dec 2017 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 11:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32192

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