Problematic smartphone use: an empirically validated model

Pivetta, E., Harkin, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-0511-5934, Billieux, J., Kanjo, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-1720-0661 and Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, 2019. Problematic smartphone use: an empirically validated model. Computers in Human Behavior, 100, pp. 105-117. ISSN 0747-5632

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Given the prominent role that smartphones have in everyday life, research in the field has proliferated. From a theoretical perspective, problematic smartphone use (PSPU) is described as a multi-faceted phenomenon entailing a variety of dysfunctional manifestations (e.g., addictive, antisocial and dangerous use). To date, however, there is still a lack of empirical evidence supporting the identification of PSPU as a potential behavioural addiction. Driven by theory, the aim of the present study was to provide an empirically validated model by testing the contribution of specific factors leading to PSPU. Relationships among individual characteristics (internalised psychopathology, impulsivity and personality traits) and PSPU uses (addictive, antisocial and dangerous) were investigated according to the updated version of the theoretical framework provided by the Pathway Model of problematic smartphone use (Billieux et al., 2015). An online survey was administered to a convenience sample (N = 511) of smartphone users in order to examine their daily engagement, problematic usage patterns and related psychological correlates. Path analysis revealed important information about different PSPU components and results are discussed in light of the available literature. Recommendations for future research are proposed to further investigate the problematic behaviour, including the study of additional variables, such as the fear of missing out (FoMO), nomophobia and excessive social media use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Computers in Human Behavior
Creators: Pivetta, E., Harkin, L., Billieux, J., Kanjo, E. and Kuss, D.J.
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Date: November 2019
Volume: 100
ISSN: 0747-5632
S0747563219302390Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 27 Jun 2019 14:42
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:14

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