Predictors of problematic smartphone use: an examination of the integrative pathways model and the role of age, gender, impulsiveness, excessive reassurance seeking, extraversion, and depression

Hussain, Z. ORCID: 0000-0002-7678-6615 and Mitchell, L., 2019. Predictors of problematic smartphone use: an examination of the integrative pathways model and the role of age, gender, impulsiveness, excessive reassurance seeking, extraversion, and depression. Behavioral Sciences, 8 (8), p. 74. ISSN 2076-328X

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Abstract

Background: The progression of mobile phone technology has led to the development of multi-functional smartphones providing access to features such as social media, e-mail, and videos alongside the basic functions of a mobile phone. Increasing amounts of research has explored the potential addictive nature of smartphones to develop a theoretical framework that describes personality factors related to problematic use. The present study examined the Integrative Pathways Model and the effect of age, gender, impulsiveness, excessive reassurance seeking, extraversion, and depression on problematic smartphone use. Method: A total of 147 smartphone users (mean age = 30.96, SD = 12.97, 69.4% female) completed an online survey comprising of measures of problematic smartphone use, excessive reassurance seeking, extraversion, depression, and impulsiveness. Results: Age, impulsiveness, excessive reassurance seeking, and depression were all significantly related to problematic smartphone use, however extraversion was not significantly related. Furthermore, age and impulsiveness were significant independent predictors of problematic smartphone use. No gender differences were found. Conclusions: The findings presented several factors that predict problematic smartphone use, implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Behavioral Sciences
Creators: Hussain, Z. and Mitchell, L.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2019
Volume: 8
Number: 8
ISSN: 2076-328X
Identifiers:
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10.3390/bs8080074DOI
1217854Other
Rights: Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Dec 2019 14:54
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 14:54
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38819

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