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Constantly connected – The effects of smart-devices on mental health

Harwood, J.; Dooley, J.J.; Scott, A.J. and Joiner, R.. 2014. Constantly connected – The effects of smart-devices on mental health. Computers in Human Behavior, 34, pp. 267-272. ISSN 0747-5632 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

A number of studies have demonstrated the mental health implications of excessive Internet-browsing, gaming, texting, emailing, social networking, and phone calling. However, no study to date has investigated the impact of being able to conduct all of these activities on one device. A smart-device (i.e., smart-phone or tablet) allows these activities to be conducted anytime and anywhere, with unknown mental health repercussions. This study investigated the association between smart-device use, smart-device involvement and mental health. Two-hundred and seventy-four participants completed an online survey comprising demographic questions, questions concerning smart-device use, the Mobile Phone Involvement Questionnaire, the Internet Addiction Test and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales. Higher smart-device involvement was significantly associated with higher levels of depression and stress but not anxiety. However, smart-device use was not significantly associated with depression, anxiety or stress. These findings suggest that it is the nature of the relationship a person has with their smart-device that is predictive of depression and stress, rather than the extent of use.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.02.006

Keywords:

Smart-devices; Smart-phones; Mental health; Depression; Stress; Addiction

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit

Dates:

DateEvent
9 February 2014Accepted
6 March 2014Published Online

Item ID:

20428

Date Deposited:

18 May 2017 14:23

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2018 17:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20428

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