Smartphone addiction and application usage in Korean adolescents: Effects of mediation strategies

Sook-Jung Lee1, Changho Lee2, Cheolhan Lee3
1School of Media and Communication, Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea
2National Youth Policy Institute, Sejong City, Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea
3Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Dongguk University, Republic of Korea
Cite this article:  Lee, S.-J., Lee, C., & Lee, C. (2016). Smartphone addiction and application usage in Korean adolescents: Effects of mediation strategies. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 44(9), 1525-1534.

Volume 44 Issue 9 | e5667 | Published: October 2016 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2016.44.9.1525

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We examined adolescent application usage related to smartphone addiction and also explored mediation strategies used to prevent their addiction. Participants were 3,000 adolescents in grades 7 to 12 who completed an online survey. According to the findings, frequent use of social networking site applications (apps), game apps, and video apps tended to exacerbate adolescents’ addiction to smartphones. Mediation strategies negatively related to smartphone addiction were active parental mediation for young adolescent girls, technical restrictions for young adolescent boys, and limited service plans for both these groups. Parental restriction tended to increase the likelihood of smartphone addiction. Addiction prevention programs being implemented in schools did not have any impact in preventing addiction. Overall, our findings suggest that the effects of mediation strategies are weak and these effects are limited to young adolescents.

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