Title: Explore dependency syndrome on mobile phone user

Authors: Dong-Her Shih; Ching-Chiang Chen; Hsiu-Sen Chiang; Ming-Hung Shih

Addresses: Department of Information Management, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, 123, Section 3, University Road, Douliu, Yunlin, Taiwan. ' Department of Information Management, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, 123, Section 3, University Road, Douliu, Yunlin, Taiwan. ' Department of Information Management, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, 129, Sec. 3, Sanmin Rd., Taichung, Taiwan. ' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA

Abstract: Mobile devices have become indispensable in the 21st century. Owing to the convenient mobile services provided, more and more people rely on mobile phone. Consequently, there may produce a problem of dependency on mobile phones as internet addiction. Studies found that people with anxiety disorders may benefit from a clinical assessment to rule out mobile phone abuse or dependency. In this study, we try to use social exchange theory and focused on flow theory to investigate dependency on mobile phone users. A total of 450 questionnaires were sent and 212 were returned, 184 of which were valid, yielding a response rate of 40.9%. The empirical result shows that individual cognitions and social interaction are positively associated with mobile phone dependency syndrome, and there are positively associated with internet user addiction and indulge with mobile phones dependency syndrome also.

Keywords: internet addiction; flow theory; social exchange theory; mobile phones; cell phones; dependency syndrome; mobile communications; mobile devices; mobile users; cognition; social interaction; mobile phone users.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2012.048882

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2012 Vol.10 No.5, pp.475 - 489

Available online: 31 Aug 2012 *

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