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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559

Abstract

HERRERO, Juan; TORRES, Andrea; VIVAS, Pep  and  URUENA, Alberto. Smartphone addiction and social support: a three-year longitudinal study. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2019, vol.28, n.3, pp.111-118.  Epub Jan 27, 2020. ISSN 2173-4712.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5093/pi2019a6.

For some years now, scholars have been exploring some of the negative consequences for the psychosocial well-being of users that the rapid incorporation of smartphones into our lives has caused. Most of the empirical studies to date are cross-sectional and are carried out with participants from convenience samples, which has been a limitation in this field. In this study, we evaluated the evolution over three years of smartphone addiction and social support in 241 Spanish users of a representative national sample. The results of the analysis of latent growth and growth mixture modeling indicate that both trajectories are interconnected: the more addiction decreases, the more social support increases. In addition, high levels of addiction and relatively low levels of support remained stable over time in a group of users. Users of this high-addiction group would represent a trend in the digital society characterized by higher rates of loneliness and technological dependence.

Keywords : Longitudinal studies; Adult population; Empirical research; Social support; Smartphone addiction; Psychosocial well-being; Growth modeling.

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