Problematic smartphone use: investigating contemporary experiences using a convergent design

Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, Harkin, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-0511-5934, Kanjo, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1720-0661 and Billieux, J., 2018. Problematic smartphone use: investigating contemporary experiences using a convergent design. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (1), p. 142. ISSN 1661-7827

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Abstract

Internet-enabled smartphones are increasingly ubiquitous in the Western world. Research suggests a number of problems can result from mobile phone overuse, including dependence, dangerous and prohibited use. For over a decade, this has been measured by the Problematic Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (PMPU-Q). Given the rapid developments in mobile technologies, changes of use patterns and possible problematic and addictive use, the aim of the present study was to investigate and validate an updated contemporary version of the PMPU-Q (PMPU-Q-R). A mixed methods convergent design was employed, including a psychometric survey (N = 512) alongside qualitative focus groups (N = 21), to elicit experiences and perceptions of problematic smartphone use. The results suggest the PMPU-Q-R factor structure can be updated to include smartphone dependence, dangerous driving, and antisocial smartphone use factors. Theories of problematic mobile phone use require consideration of the ubiquity and indispensability of smartphones in the present day and age, particularly regarding use whilst driving and in social interactions.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Creators: Kuss, D.J., Harkin, L., Kanjo, E. and Billieux, J.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2018
Volume: 15
Number: 1
ISSN: 1661-7827
Identifiers:
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10.3390/ijerph15010142DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Jan 2018 14:52
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 16:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32403

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