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Int J Public Health. 2012 Apr;57(2):437-41. doi: 10.1007/s00038-011-0234-z. Epub 2011 Feb 3.

Associations between problematic mobile phone use and psychological parameters in young adults.

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IGGMB Research Institute for Basic and Frontier Questions of Medicine and Biotechnology, Health Research Institute, Salzburg Federal Hospital (SALK), University Clinics of the Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria. c.augner@salk.at

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study aims to address possible associations between excessive or dysfunctional use of mobile phones and certain psychological variables.

METHODS:

Our study focuses on Problematic Mobile Phone Use (PU) in 196 young adults. A survey was arranged to measure PU, daily mobile phone use in minutes, use of short message service (SMS) and also included psychological and health variables (e.g., chronic stress, depression).

RESULTS:

Statistic analysis indicates that chronic stress, low emotional stability, female gender, young age, depression, and extraversion are associated with PU.

CONCLUSIONS:

Future research needs to clarify the causality of these findings and should also intend to develop concepts for a more meaningful use of mobile phone and related technologies.

PMID:
21290162
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-011-0234-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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