Title

Mobile Phone Dependency What's All the Buzz About?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2015

Publication Source

The Wiley Handbook of Psychology, Technology, and Society

DOI

10.1002/9781118771952.ch11

Publisher

Wiley Blackwell

Place of Publication

New York, NY

ISBN/ISSN

Print ISBN: 9781118772027 Online ISBN: 9781118771952

Abstract

This chapter presents recent statistics on mobile phone use, and discusses a variety of topics related to problematic mobile phone use. Text messaging still remains one of the most popular communication methods, especially among teens and young adults. One interesting line of research examines individuals’ recognition and understanding of their own addictive mobile phone behaviours. Although most of this review has highlighted the ways in which mobile phone use is problematic, a promising line of research examines the ways in which mobile phones, specifically text messages, can be used for behaviour change through health-related interventions. The addictive properties of phones might be harnessed in positive ways, to affect other health behaviours and addictions. Overall, problematic mobile phone use appears to be widespread and associated with a variety of negative psychological characteristics, such as anxiety, depression, neuroticism, poor sleep, and stress.

Keywords

addictive mobile phone behaviors; health-related intervention; negative psychological characteristics; problematic mobile phone use; text messaging; young adults

Disciplines

Psychology

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