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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 1 (January 2018) – 175 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Smartphones are increasingly ubiquitous in the Western world. Research suggests that various [...] Read more. Smartphones are increasingly ubiquitous in the Western world. Research suggests that various problems can result from mobile phone overuse, including dependence, dangerous and prohibited use. For over a decade, this has been measured by the Problematic Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (PMPU-Q). Given rapid developments in mobile technologies, changes of use patterns and addictive use, the aim of the present study was to investigate and validate an updated contemporary version of the PMPU-Q (PMPU-Q-R). A mixed methods convergent design was employed, including a psychometric survey alongside qualitative focus groups, to elicit experiences and perceptions of problematic smartphone use. Theories of problematic mobile phone use require consideration of the ubiquity and indispensability of smartphones in the present day and age, particularly regarding use whilst driving and in social interactions. View this paper