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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Oct;12(5):501-7. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2009.0022.

Addictive personality and problematic mobile phone use.

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  • 1Department of Human and Information Science, Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Japan.


Mobile phone use is banned or regulated in some circumstances. Despite recognized safety concerns and legal regulations, some people do not refrain from using mobile phones. Such problematic mobile phone use can be considered to be an addiction-like behavior. To find the potential predictors, we examined the correlation between problematic mobile phone use and personality traits reported in addiction literature, which indicated that problematic mobile phone use was a function of gender, self-monitoring, and approval motivation but not of loneliness. These findings suggest that the measurements of these addictive personality traits would be helpful in the screening and intervention of potential problematic users of mobile phones.

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