Notre Dame researchers dig deeper into smartphone addiction

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Recent studies suggest smartphone addiction has adverse effects on well-being and mental health, and researchers at Notre Dame University’s Computer Science Department aim to reveal more on the detrimental effects of technology addiction.

In the United States, recent data from the Pew Research Center revealed that 46 percent of smartphone users said they couldn’t live without their devices. A 2015 report from Pew stated that 68 percent of adults in the U.S. own smartphones, which is up from 35 percent in 2011. Roughly 15 percent of adults between ages 18 and 29 were heavily dependent on their smartphone for online access. Smartphone ownership is higher among undergraduates, according to data from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, which stated that smartphone ownership among undergraduates increased from 76 percent in 2013 to 86 percent in 2014.

Notre Dame University researchers had two goals in mind: question the relation between satisfaction and the risk of smartphone addiction in correlation with life with stress and academic performance, and explore whether satisfaction with life in connection with stress and academic performance aided smartphone addiction. Both goals aimed to… (continue reading)