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A new research has found that Smartphone addiction is linked to higher levels of narcissism and negative personality traits such as moodiness, jealousy and loneliness.
The study by the UK based Dr Zaheer Hussain, lecturer in Psychology at University of Derby suggests that the more you use a smartphone, the higher your risk of becoming addicted.
The study shows that smartphone overuse and the impact on psychological well-being. Smartphones arer used on a daily basis for various tasks so being aware of the psychological effects is very important, he said.
Dr Hussain pointed out there are various smartphone apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Candy Crush, as well as Skype and email that make smartphone use psychologically more attractive and can lead to addiction.
The results of the study showed that 13% of participants were classified as being addicted, with the average user spending 3.6 hours per day on the device.
The research also advises that prospective buyers of smartphones should be pre-warned of the potential addictive properties of new technology.
He said, the psychological characteristics of smartphone addiction are particularly interesting.
He further claimed, that higher scores of narcissism (excessive interest or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance) and levels of neuroticism (negative personality traits including moodiness, jealousy, envy and loneliness) were linked to smartphone addiction.
A significant positive relationship was found between narcissism and addiction to the phones, suggesting that the more narcissistic a person is, the more likely they are to be addicted to their smartphone.
When the participants were asked if they used their phone in banned areas, 35% answered yes.
Social networking sites were the most popularly used apps (87%), followed by instant messaging apps (52%) and then news apps (51%).
Despite 46.8% of participants speaking positively of improved social relations, 23.5% admitted their smartphones create communication issues within ‘real life.’